The Probability of Being Born a Human

I was watching Gary Vaynerchuk’s DailyVee,

when he said that we should be grateful for being a human and that should that motivate us because the probability of being human is so small, 1 in 400 trillion.

Well, I was curious, so I went to do some research and it turns out that there is such a statistic. There’s an article from the Huffington Post which puts the probability lower to an improbable 1 in 102,685,000

I mean, regardless of the correctness of the maths behind it, it got me thinking about how a miracle we are. I began to think about how we came to be, based on a myriad of factors, from the chances our parents meet to the insemination until our development. I mean, there’s just so many things that could have gone wrong but didn’t. Any small changes in the past might have a drastic impact on whether we are here today.

And it got me thinking of how lucky we are and how grateful we should be, to not only born a human but to be who we are.

So I guess, Gary’s idea of motivation made sense. We should be thankful that we are not born as an animal or anything else and thus, we should grab this almost miraculous opportunity as a human to do good, to make a lasting impact on the world.

Well, this pumps me up.




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