It takes a truly astonishing series of coincidences to produce a single specific person. The parents have to be living in a specific area at a specific time and have to meet at just the right moment. The person has to be born at just the right time and place, have just the right formative experiences, navigate exactly the right series of incidences as they grow, seize just the right opportunities, develop just the right talents, and do it all while managing to not get hit by a bus. Then maybe, with luck, they’ll do something great.
The odds against any specific life are so massively huge that while we can be sad that someone like Nelson Mandela has died, we should be overjoyed that someone like that lived at all.
I would just like to state that I posted something the other day with “Big-Ass” in the title, and it got picked up by a porn blog. Somehow I find it really funny to know that out there on Tumblr there’s a bunch of naked people who get interrupted by suddenly!language chart.