instead of the nonentity which might be imagined in its place?
Not only that anything should be, but that this very thing should be, is mysterious!
Philosophy stares, but brings no reasoned solution,
for from nothing to being there is no logical bridge."
James, William (1842 – 1910):
Some Problems of Philosophy: A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy (1911),
University of Nebraska Press 1996:
Chapter III THE PROBLEM OF BEING, pp. 39-40.