You are unique

“Congratulations, you made it!” says Bill Bryson in A short history of nearly everything.

Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stuck fast, untimely wounded or otherwise deflected from its life’s quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result – eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly – in you.

How incredible little is the chance is that atoms collide, stick to each other and start building life.  In fact, we are all made of stardust.

Being manifested out of a long chain of almost improbable chances of stardust collision and survival of our ancestors means two things:

You are not alone

We are never disconnected or isolated. We are all connected in some way or the other. The sense of isolation and separateness are actually a (mis)perception of our mind. Your are not alone.

You are unique

We are all unique. It might not feel so when we are standing in the subway during morning rush hour, stuck in traffic jam or walking in crowded streets to our workplace. But the fact is that your DNA and your personality are the one and only in the world. You are special.

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In the Vicinity of the Cone Nebula (picture above from astronomy picture of the day)
Image Credit: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ) & DSS;
Assembly and Processing: Robert Gendler

Explanation: Strange shapes and textures can be found in neighborhood of the Cone Nebula. The unusual shapes originate from fine interstellar dust reacting in complex ways with the energetic light and hot gas being expelled by the young stars. The brightest star on the right of the above picture is S Mon, while the region just below it has been nicknamed the Fox Fur Nebula for its color and structure. The blue glow directly surrounding S Mon results from reflection, where neighboring dust reflects light from the bright star. The red glow that encompasses the whole region results not only from dust reflection but also emission from hydrogen gas ionized by starlight.