Take a good look at them under your bed. What a perfect sight. Just enough dust flowing by to form intricate swirls and shapes yet exactly the right amount of protection and calm to keep them from falling apart or getting swept away. The humidity is just right, and they’re even in a goldilocks time zone; if we had checked earlier there wouldn’t have been enough time for them to collect, if we had checked later they might have been cleared away. If the bed sheets were any higher, or the windows any closer to the door, the airflow in the room would have prevented the dust bunnies from forming in the corner. But every single element has come together just right and there they stand, the proud magnificent self-important dust bunny civilization. It’s almost as if the whole bedroom was specifically designed with their creation in mind. The odds of that just happening randomly without any planning must be, well, it must be astronomical!
But wait, if we pull back a little we see that down the hallway there’s another door leading to another room full of corners. In fact, holy smokes, there’s a whole bunch of rooms in this house each with their own corners! Pull back and you notice a whole neighborhood chock full of houses and even that is nestled inside a city full of neighborhoods inside a state full of cities inside a country inside a continent inside a whole world!
The dust bunnies under your specific bed must be important indeed for the whole world to come together in exactly the right way.
You’re a perfect snowflake. It took billions of years of quantum fluctuations to arrive at the wave function that is your existence. You are the result of 400,000 years of ape sex, and before that? Well, lets not get crass.
You are the result of a cosmic game of tetris, and in this game, the long block came just in time for a 4-line win. Blammo. If every single moment, action, and atom had not lined up so perfectly, you would not be here.
-and frankly you wouldn’t notice. The universe only seems fine tuned for us because if it were any other way, you’d never know. If a universe formed in the forest, and its conditions weren’t right to create a self-important monkey, did it ever exist at all? We are, to quote Big C, the universe’s way of looking at itself, but lets not get a big head about it. It’d be more amazing if nothing happened. At the quantum scale, it’s easy to get something from nothing. In fact, literally as I’m writing this post about 10 hours ago, I see a link to a blog explaining JUST HOW THIS HAPPENS. Spooky.
But now getting nothing out of something? Good luck with that one.
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