“Thermodynamic miracles… events with odds against so astronomical they’re effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such a thing.
And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter… Until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged. To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold… that is the crowning unlikelihood. The thermodynamic miracle.
But…if me, my birth, if that’s a thermodynamic miracle… I mean, you could say that about anybody in the world!.
Yes. Anybody in the world. ..But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget… I forget. We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from the another’s vantage point. As if new, it may still take our breath away. Come…dry your eyes. For you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes… and let’s go home.” -Dr. Manhattan, Alan Moore.
This has to be one of my favorite quotes. It never fails to lift my spirits and remind me to stop and pay attention. To see the big picture that is detailed by such small obscurities. How do we expect to live life if we don’t stop and acknowledge it? How fortunate we all are to be having such experiences. How in the grand scheme of things yeah we are insignificant but that doesn’t diminish how marvelous and remarkable our phenomenon is.
One has only to experience birth to realize that. We must remember not to get so caught up in the routines of life that we forget to live or to look around and know that we are impossible beings. Incredible in our solar system we are the only living organisms. All of us on this planet. Perhaps there are other life forms in the many universes and galaxies. But in this one we can say we are a miracle. We mustn’t forget to appreciate this experience. This experience could be the only one we have just as we are now.
We need to take care of ourselves and others. Take care of our planet and animals. Pay homage to this wonderful gift we have been given. Especially honor life as it has honored us.