I was looking at a graveyard of splatted flies in front of me and couldn't help wondering about my own life. Our lives.
I don't know how many flies there are but there's an absolute shitload of us. And we die all the time. We're born and then BAM! Dead. That's it. Two generations later, we may as well never have existed.
Our atoms, those things that made up each of our parts, are still there though, right? We're all just made up of bits. Not all that different to the flies. To a chair. Anything. Just a bunch of stuff that came together and made a form. Could actively move those atoms around.
Isn't that amazing? That we can group these parts together and move them around in space actively, with our own thoughts? Which, in turn, are some incredibly complex organisation of these parts and impulses from one to another. It is amazing. In many ways, it's totally and utterly unbelievable.
Am I to believe this is an accident?
That our self-awareness is little more than an accidental curse? A by-product of a random system created by millions of years of chaos?
That looking down on Earth, we're nothing more than the movement of atoms brought together by gravity?
Doesn't sound quite right. It actually doesn't sound all that likely.
If it is, it's not likely that we'd be unique. The only ones here. There must be others like us (at least in some ways) in the Universe. You know, now that I think about it, it's weird to think that there is so much life, has been so much life, all over our planet... and we're the only ones writing books? Painting pictures? Wasting our time on blogs? How is it we have come so far and not one of those millions of other life forms on our planet haven't?
There's not just one life form that can swim. Not just one that has camouflage. Not just one that can light up. Not just one that can use sonar.
But there is just one that can make a television. Build a car. Flip a burger.
That just doesn't sound likely to me.
There's something not quite right about our whole existence. It just doesn't sound likely to me.