It’s believed that people study the origin of life to gain an understanding of purpose, meaning and being.
Isn’t it bizarre how life began 3.4 billion years ago and that Earth is over 4.5 billion years old? Compared to 15 years and 52 years, which are the youngest and oldest human median ages found in any country today. This means that the average human has lived for a maximum of just 0.0000015 years in comparison to life itself, according to science.
This might sound irrelevant to naked knowledge yet three ideas are made clear here; We are extraordinarily lucky to be here, before us has been monumental change and understanding these two ideas can improve our vision.
First, let’s look at luck. Luck is relative to the beholder nonetheless; we all have it. Just like we all have day-to-day problems, ranging from work-life balance to starvation. It’s impossible to compare personal problems to that of another’s because circumstances and cultural beliefs vary significantly from country to country, family to family and person to person. For the same reason, it’s also impossible to compare luck. There will always be someone better off than you and there will always be someone worse off than you. When you are grateful for who you are and what you have, there’s no comparison.
What is possible is to look at how we got here. The easy option is to look at this from the day we were born or from our ancestors however, for this occasion, we delve deeper. If we look at luck and problems from the perspective of billions of years of growth then we start to comprehend that our short lucky time here is far bigger than our daily problems. If we understand the billions of chance sequences that made it possible for us to just ‘be’, maybe only then, can we truly stop taking life for granted.
If we are lucky to be born in first-world countries and we live to the mean age expectancy, then we have about 80 years to figure out who we are and how to spend our time. The question is, what will you look back on?
Studying the Earth is like walking into a film 10 minutes late and trying to use the rest of the movie to figure out what happened. According to scientist’s greatest senses, Earth was first covered in lava and half a billion years passed before it cooled down enough to form an outer layer. This made it possible for water to surface. Earth was then completely covered by ocean until the reaction of nature’s greatest activities occurred and land began to rise above sea levels, creating what we know today as continents.