IN The Arithmetic of Life and Death, George Shaffer calculated the probability that “you would be uniquely you”.
For instance, he calculated the probability of receiving the exact 23 chromosomes you got from your mother at one in 10 million.
The same is true for the 23 chromosomes from your father.
If you calculate the permutations from the two, you realise that biologically the chance that you will be who you are today is one in 100 trillion.
So, Shaffer concludes, your life is a miracle “of immeasurable proportion”. And life is a ticket to the greatest show on Earth.
It’s worthwhile pulling away from the herd and collectivist thinking to discover our own unique purpose on the planet.
When we start seeing ourselves as God sees us, we might start liking ourselves. And we might learn to appreciate the beauty in the dances of others.
It’s never too late to be who we should be.
Someone once said, at the end of our time here, God is not going to ask us why we weren’t Mother Teresa, or Einstein, but why weren’t we ourselves.