"The Idea of Nothingness"
8 year old Gustavo Ramirez stares out into the darkness of his bedroom, struggling to sleep, and he feels his mind wander into the blackness…
He imagines floating through space, passing the different galaxies along the way, and wonders how it all came to be— How did we get here? How did the universe get created? What was the beginning? We’re “something" now… but was it nothing before?
Was the nothing like this, just inky darkness? No… darkness is something. A nothing would be like… umm…
And Gustavo feels his brain hit a snag, jerking the smooth wandering thought process to a stop.
What is nothing.
He has had these thoughts in passing moments before, but only now, in the dark stillness of night, does he have the chance to fully explore them without distraction. He can feel the empty sensation of nothingness creep into his soul, folding his brain in half as he simply tries to picture the concept.
Images of his pets dying and him and his family being dead and forgotten as everything he knows and loves ultimately joining the forgotten nothingness of life all flash in his mind’s eye as he tries to grasp onto the idea of nothingness… and fails.
He can feel the concept come closer, though, more clear, if he can just concentrate harder and remove any sense of light and darkness and sound and air and anything that is something…
Gustavo wakes up groggy and confused the next morning, his alarm blaring. He hurries to run upstairs before his siblings eat the last of the box of cereal, and he shakes the box sadly as he realizes he was too late.
While eating half a’ bowl of cereal crumbs and the last splash of milk, Gustavo decides that it was better than nothing.
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