Ideas and Nothingness
Putting it simply (I need to visualise so I can understand it) antimatter can be explained by watching someone digging a hole. The pile of dirt they have dug out of the hole is ‘matter’ and the hole left behind is the opposite, or ‘antimatter’.
So, (stay with me here) if the hole is filled back in – the hole and the pile of dirt negate each other and both cease to exist.
This notion got my mind racing. Does this mean – for everything that exists there is an equal part missing? (Quantum physicists – please feel free to throw your science books at the computer screen now).
If this is the case, my thoughts turned to ideas for stories – because we all know the universe revolves around writing.
Where do our ideas come from? Every time I have an idea, am I digging out a spadeful from the ‘ideas’ territory of the universe? Does this idea go onto the ‘ideas pile’ and therefore leave an ‘anti-idea’ in its place?
Before my head explodes with this thought (and implodes elsewhere in the antimatter antiworld) I’ll get back to the word ‘idea’ itself.
According to my synonym checker, ‘idea’ means ‘thought, design, plan, scheme, suggestion, proposal, initiative, inspiration’. Unfortunately, the antonym checker isn’t as forthcoming with a definition.
Any word gurus out there who can tell me the antonym of ‘idea’?
Anyway – I get an idea to write a story. My story could be about the very subject of antimatter (oops, sorry – Dan Brown’s already dug that out). Or it could be about the end of world (oops, it’s 2012 – authors have dug out so much of that, readers are now tripping over their antimatter antishadows to get away from it). Or I could write about erotica (no – I tried that once and it ended up a comedy. I must have misjudged with the spade).
This leaves me wondering if there are any ideas left to dig out. But here comes the good news – apparently matter (and therefore antimatter) is limitless, which means there must be an infinitesimal amount of ideas in the universal soil just waiting for that spade to crunch though.
So next time you read something and think, why the hell didn’t I think of that? rest assured that there are plenty more spadefuls left for us all – though we might just have to dig a little deeper.