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Wednesday 2011-06-15

nothing

Child: Daddy, better than nothing would be the worst thing in the world.

Daddy: ...

After a moment’s thought, though, I realised that she was exactly right. “x is better than nothing” = “x is not better than anything” = “x is at least as bad as anything else” = “x is the worst thing in the world”.

It’s the same idea as the old joke: A ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness, because nothing is better than eternal happiness and a ham sandwich is better than nothing.