A Billions Years Old Aperture

What are we? We began deep in the distant past as the building blocks of life created themselves.

Then billions of years ago, a molecule with a remarkable ability began to make copies of itself from the raw materials of the planet. A chain reaction had begun and evolution took over.

Here we are, complex biological machines, capable not just of replicating and passing on the chain reaction of life, but also figuring out how we got here.

The original primitive life has been running ever since it first began and now, only just passing through you. We are part of a single ancient process, clambering about our tiny ball of rock as it orbits the sun, passing the reaction on and on. We are already billions years old, which makes us pretty special.

Thank you, Hawking, for encouraging me to look up at the stars and for motivating me to pursue answers to my questions about the universe. Happy birthday, Hawking. May you find eternal tranquility among the stars.



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