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Start the waterworks ladies, I made a Fault in Our Stars reference

When thinking about the concept of nothing, many people’s first thought is “well, nothing is just nothing. That nothing is non-existent.” Nothing is stated as “the state of being nothing, the state of nonexistence of anything, or the property of having nothing.” However if you put “nothing” into physical terms, it doesn’t quite correlate with the true concept of itself. Physically, there can never be nothing. It’s hard to think that something is universal, that infinity is a true concept. To help me explain this “infinity” nonsense that i’m spewing out to you all, i’m going to bring the help of Mr. John Green.

(Warning this may contain a slight spoiler)

In John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars, his character Hazel Grace, writes a eulogy for her boyfriend – Augustus Waters. In this eulogy, she defines infinity and what it is, very well.

“There is an infinite between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

Infinities are something that are alive and well, but very hard to visualize. It’s hard to imagine a world beyond space, that there are things smaller than quarks (what protons and neutrons are made of). That everything we know, that has been proven, could possibly, and infinitely be expanded. That is why nothing can never be nothing. Nothing is ALWAYS something! Nothing cannot truly exist until humans can prove that we have completely expanded and exhausted every single piece of knowledge.

*To be expanded upon further comments*

Also,

nothing 3(but there is something to do here, right?)

 

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