"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?" - Richard Dawkins
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Isn't This Enough?
Some people think that once someone comes to the realization that their long-held religious beliefs are unfounded, the next phase becomes depression with respect to the afterlife, that there is some sort of downgrade in the thinking that you won't actually get to live forever. I say, check your ego at the door and be thankful for the life that you do have. Take a look around, this place is pretty freaking amazing and we have the faculties to appreciate it and understand how it all works! We are the lucky ones who get to experience it at all, so enjoy it and make the most of it while you're here.