Chances are... <O</OThe earth has been around about 4.5 billion years which can be measured in four main ages: the Precambrian Eon, the Paleozoic Era, the Mesozoic Era, and the Cenozoic Era (current). Each of these eras was and is alive with the energy of erosion, evolution, and empire. Imagine the creatures that have walked this world, the kingdoms that have ruled with their cities built on blood and bones. In the shadow of shifting of continents and shaping seas our ancestors roamed across the icy wastes in search of food and vital shelter. Through all that and many wars we've we been stitched into the mosaic of chaotic life. We beat those damn unbeatable odds of oblivion and low sperm counts and stuff to arrive here on blessed earth. The equation is pretty straightforward in a manner of speaking cuz every breath we take is a miracle. The elements that went into our creation are staggering and should leave us with some appropriate amount of awe, call it God or a burning desire to understand the intricate workings of the universe. The equation: there are about 6.5 billion people on planet earth and out of the motley bunch your folks met and produced you. Here's the joyless but driven human male sperm cells. When a man ejaculates there are millions of these little buggers in his semen, all eagerly and desperately trying to get to the egg, but remember each of those sperm cells isn't you but a different version of you, smarter or dumber perhaps but a variation none-the-less. Here's the almighty human female egg. When the human female is still in the womb it contains about 7 million eggs in its ovaries, but as time progresses and the fetus is born the number begins to drop drastically from there. At birth the number of eggs has come way down to about 1 to 2 million and by the time the baby reaches adulthood it will only have about 300 or 400 eggs left. The key is timing because men are constantly producing sperm cells while the woman is left with a finite number of eggs, and will only eject one egg per month. If the egg is not fertilized within a day it dies. So...not only do your folks have to meet in a crowd of 6.5 billion and engage in courtship but they've got to have sex at the precise moment a fertile egg is available. Creation! Through big bangs and billions of years all the right circumstances came together to insure our existence. It's truly staggering when you sit back and think about how vast the universe is, but somehow fragile life has endured. Life's so beautiful, I hope all of you get a chance to live it to the fullest degree. "Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.â€<O</O <O</O ~William MacNeile Dixon~<O</O <O</O Stay green!