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I feel insignificant in my every day life. I don't need to comprehend the vastness of space to
realize just how small I am.
There are over 7 billion human beings exactly like me on this planet and I rank somewhere in
the middle of them in every conceivable category. Not the fattest, not the skinniest. Not the
smartest, and not the dumbest.
I'm simply mediocre in comparison.
We are a bell curve of mediocrity.
Yet, given the amount of people here, we still look higher and lower to understand how
important we think we are. We've explored the edges of our galaxy with telescopes and
theoretical physics and unmanned spacecrafts. We've explored the very building blocks of
existence with microscopes and molecular biology and particle physics. We went so far as to
create the gods of Olympus before we understood earth's rotation and the Avengers after we
understood that constellations were nothing more than coincidence.
We ascribe meaning to orbital magnetism and birthdays.
We believe in a creator that formed our existence, because we believe we can't be random
We can't accept the truth that we are a sentient byproduct of evolution.
We can't accept the fact that we are an organic program written by a thousand chimps with a
thousand typewriters over the course of a thousand millennia.
But, we are.
We are happenstance.
We are inevitable.
We are meaningless and insignificant in the grand machination of existence.
We are not special nor gifted nor graceful.
We exist as a means to a biological end.
We are, merely, a complex stage of evolution pretending to be artists and visionaries.
In truth...we are future cave paintings and myth.
from Bring Down The Sky,
released July 16, 2016
The voice in the background is Ryan Remington reading his essay "Better Living As Animal".