I've done a lot of thinking about NOTHING. Initially there was NOTHING - and then, there was SOMETHING (awareness) in the NOTHING.
How did this awareness come into existence? And what was the REASON (who's reason?) for it? Once there was an awareness, it kept on developing and all that followed had a reason. But what was the reason for the INITIAL AWARENESS in the first place? What is the reason for there being A SINGULAR NOTHING in the first place? I KNOW that the answers lie within me, BUT, I also KNOW that 'accessing the database' that contains those answers may take SOME time - more time then can be imagined.
There are several things that we do not know yet - and this issue is one of them.
The key condition for the "initial awareness" seems to be the possibility of "storing the information" in some way. Hence, in order to come closer to answering your questions, we need to find out
*where is our intellect?
*how is the information stored in the intellect?
*What is the mechanism for storing conscious information?
Note, that we are talking about storing a LOT of information and a storage system that can "expand itself" indefinitely from the tiny beginning. Only when we attain some initial understanding about the process of storing the information we will be in a position to make some reasonable guesses how this process could start.
What is the reason for there being A SINGULAR NOTHING in the first place?
Singular Nothing doesn't need a "reason to exist" - simply because it is NOTHING.