Some scientists believe the chances of it happening are around 400 TRILLION to one.
To put that into context:
Not only are the chances of being human RIDICULOUSLY, OUTRAGEOUSLY, UNIMAGINABLY teeny weeny, you were also born in the last 100 years.
Not as a roman, not as a Tudor and definitely not as Victorian.
This means we’ve got things the majority of humans throughout history haven’t had.
If you’re reading this right now, for example, you’ve got an abundance of time, technology, the internet, money to pay for the internet, education — the list goes on.
So not only were we born human with a 1 in 400 trillion chance, we were also born at probably the greatest time there’s EVER BEEN to be a Homo Sapien in our 200,000 year span. I mean, sure, it would have been cool to live as an Egyptian or a Viking — hell, even a Stuart — but think about the disease, the back-breaking work, the constant cold.
As the great Yuval Noah Harari once wrote:
“History is something that very few have been doing whilst everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets.”Tweet
So here’s what it I think it means for us.
Let’s take a step back. Breathe in. We’re so blessed to be in a human body. Let’s appreciate it. Really appreciate it. I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to occasionally complaining about really dumb shit, but hello; 400 TRILLION TO ONE?!
As a human born in the last 100 years, we get to play this beautiful, fucked up game every single day.
It’s only a game, I hear you say?
Yes — and that’s the best bit!
Say you’re sat in an office. What’s the worst that could happen? You might lose a client. You might upset your boss. You might be the silly sod who whacks out the salmon for lunch.
So what? Big deal! Shit happens. Smile and get over it. It’s just a game!
We’re all prancing about on this merry stage and others will soon take our place. So let’s make the most of this opportunity!
With that, it’s time for me to return the mic and lick my boss’s arse some more.