The cosmic lottery

As Ben Carey has pointed out:

“There is 1 chance in 140 trillion that the Earth should exist. There is 1 chance in 795 billion that life should have evolved on earth. There is 1 chance in 89 billion that life should have evolved into mankind. There is 1 chance in 12 billion that mankind should have created the alphabet and thus civilization. There is 1 chance in 6 billion that your parents should ever have met and got together. There is 1 chance in 90 million that you should have been the lucky sperm that fertilized your mother’s egg…”

You’ve won the genetic lottery. You’ve beaten the odds to be here in this moment, in this time period, with all these resources, with so much extra.

Yet, we are still not happy. We are still not satisfied. We lose focus on the important and replace it with the urgent: work, bills, social media.

Life is so fragile. In fact, so fragile it’s easy to sit back and say we’ve made it this far, why rock the boat?

On the other hand…

Why stop now?

It easy to forget where we came from because it’s not easy to see. And when we forget how resilient the human spirit is to travel so far, we limit how far we can go forward.