The 'potential' of nothing is still nothing.
"Perhaps the potential of nothing is everything"
Time being the "big hill" to climb here.
"According to quantum mechanics, anything that is possible is mandatory"
~ Leonard Susskind; Black Hole Wars
The problem with 'nothing' is that even though it seems a perfectly valid concept it is impossible for a mere human to envision (much less describe) just what 'nothing' is. No matter how hard we try we cannot even imagine 'nothing'. It is much like infinity; while we may be able to contemplate it, understanding it seems improbable. Especially when discussing time as we intuitively assume a 'beginning'; if infinity extends in both directions of our 'arrow' then beginnings and ends have ceased having meaning.
Potential automatically assumes that there is something there on which it can act.
Me, I find existential solace with the concept of infinite universes and dimensions. This makes everything not only possible but inevitable. Perhaps we continually pop in and out of existence here in this dimension only it happens so fast that we can not measure it.
Now all I got to do is prove it. Here's is how I see the problem:
(+/-)T(time) multiplied by the square root of infinity= NOW (No Other When)
Of course I am 'probably' wrong, but I avoid occupying two places at the same time this way. Then again, 'potentially', I may be right.
Is "potential" the same thing as "probability"?
99.9% - Anytime in history when there has been an unknown - a god has been the default explanation. Fortunately, we have science to battle against sky gods and eventually it will answer humanities toughest questions.