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Winning the Cosmic Lottery


(I wrote this on October 28, 2003)

Occasionally I contemplate the amazing cosmic lottery I've won, just by being alive at all. For me to exist, every ancestor of mine, and every ancestor of every ancestor, had to live long enough to reproduce ... and not just any reproduction, but just the correct act of reproduction to allow the next generation of my particular ancestors to live, and in turn reproduce ... if a single ancestor had died earlier, or had felt a "headache" on a particular night, no me.

Whether God created the planet 5000 years ago, or life evolved on its own 1,000,000,000 years ago, how lucky I am to be a by-product of the interactions of all the creative forces of life on this planet.

Am I an accident, a lucky charm? Or did everything have to happen this way because I was supposed to exist now? Either way, I'm happy to be playing my part.


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