This reminds me of when my little sister was littler, and she used to refer to times before she was born as times when she was 'dead'. Mum used to always explain to her that she was not dead, just not alive yet. Where there was no life, there was no death - just non-existence. That state of nothingness really freaks me out. For thousands of years we were totally non-existent nothing and now we are something that's everything we need to make our nothing into something, if we so desire.