When we are not so young anymore.
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This post is the eighteenth in a series reflecting on the meaning of life and the importance of this question. These posts should be read in the order they are published as, starting at the 6th for example, dear reader, will mean the whole thing makes no sense. Happy reading!
Come on then, that’s enough science-speak for now. My point was that although an interest in social sciences could lead us to ask such questions, maths equally, could drive us to such ponderings. Anyway, let’s get back to the question in hand.
Our time on Earth as an individual represents just 3 ten-thousandths of the time humanity has been present overall; and humanity, just 7 hundred-thousandths of the time there has been life on Earth. 3 ten-thousandths- that would be 3 dollars for every 10,000. It’s not a lot, but it’s not nothing. So, does any of this actually mean anything?
I have spoken of mathematics and statistics as is it around this that many theorists fall down. Firstly, if we take life itself, which has existed on Earth for 4.2 billion years, and the universe in general which is 13.8 billion years old, we quickly realise that life did not hang about long before making its appearance- just 3 tenths of the length of time the universe had been in existence in fact. It’s incredible enough just to compare the time that humanity appeared with that of the very first life on Earth, which is even less! It seems life was always supposed to happen.
Humanity may seem to have dawdled but looking at it this way we can see that in fact it was rather eager to get here! Life in comparison to elementary particles is extremely complex. But then again, so is intelligence in comparison to a single primordial cell.
Until next time…
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Translation by Heidi Dewhirst: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidi-virginia-dewhirst-142983a4/
Last Updated on January 8, 2022 by Coach Danny