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“All the risks your ancestors have taken from the big bang till COVID-19.”
We humans like the comfort zone. An imaginary blanket in our immediate surroundings, where we can switch off our alarms and finally consume more calories than we need.
We avoid risks at all the places at every cost. We keep cold away with heaters and clothes. We wash away majority of bacteria from our skin surface daily.
We freeze with fear when teacher asks a question, that we don’t know or our boss passes a bad look.
We avoid risks.
But you are unaware of all the risks that your father’s and forefathers took to bring you here.
Let’s examine this truth.
When you were planned there was one in three million chance, that you will be made as sperm started to dissolve wall of the egg that formed you.
Even after that sperm that made you had success, it still had 50% chance that your sex will be different.
Here a race of blind cells decided a large number of things.
Your country, your city, your religion, your culture, your staple food, your inheritable wealth and everything attached to these. Your president, your economy. It was all risk that you had to take involuntarily.
It was such a big risk that was taken to bring you to life. Then you stayed for 9 months protected inside the body of your mother.
Risk of still birth in normal pregnancy is 14 per thousand live births and risk to mother during normal birth is 0.001% ( maternal mortality rate). but you took both the risks to come to this beautiful world. Here without your knowledge.
You also survived infant period with mortality rate of 29 per 1000 live births. Thats why you are reading this article.
Then you came out and your parents don’t want to take any risk with you.
Ok let’s see a little farther back in time.
If you are born in India in 2010.
Your parents survived covid pandemic to be able to give birth to you. Your mom took risk of bearing a pregnancy which has a risk of but she loves you. So she undertook this risk without second thoughts.
They survived traveling on roads which has risk of dying. With 1% vehicles india account for 11% of global deaths in road traffic accidents.
They survived 2008 market crash and recession which deprived a lots of population from basic amenities.
You must remember that it is still not finalized that they will be your parents. But as we know future now as we are writing this fir this article, we know that they must survive to reach a stage when you will come.
They survive their own pregnancies and births.
Then we reach to their parents. And their parents who all survived countless risks that routine life brings about. All the risks that you undertook and many more.
It continued up all the generations. 1962 war with China. 1965 war with Pakistan. Struggle of independence. The Cuban missile crisis. The Cold war. World war one. World war two.
If any of your ancestors had suffered due to any of these,then your existence would not have been possible.
As you can see DNA that you share has been taking so many risks for so long to reach you.
Let’s see furthur back. Very long ago
Your ancestors survived plague and cholera epidemics. They survived British rule. They survived wars and famines and floods and roits that occured regularly.
They survived rule of Mughals and Maharajas. They survived invasions by foreign countries.
They survived five mass extinctions that earth has witnessed. Each wiped out almost 70% species from the face of the earth.
Yes you right. At that stage the ancestors that created your ancestors might have been a fish or tribolite or sponge. But they were necessary to carry your DNA to the year 2021. We still have 30% of our DNA matching with mushrooms.
But ancestors of your ancestors survived this risky proposition.
They survived at the floor of prehistoric seas; where volcanic activity poured minerals necessary for the first forms of life to flourish.
Then even before life has begun in the form of unicellular life; conditions had to exist for any possibility of the life.
Oxygen had to increase. Magnetic field had to form around earth. Atmosphere had to form. But all the atoms that form you took the risk to exist in the most hostile of the environments.
They fused in the stars and fissioned in nuclear activities but they travelled all the way to reach your ancestors.
Then further back. Mind-boggling pastof the universe.
Gravity and other forces of nature had to fine-tune to form galaxies and solar system and our star sun. Antimatter and matter had to settle their concentrations. A little imbalance in forces and their timings would have formed completely different universe. Or may be no universe.
Inflation had to occur just after big bang to allow enough cooling so that atoms could form. These atoms will form everything; that you see around you along with fields that carry energies.
So any disturbance at any point along this cascade would have ultimately lead to failure of one of your ancestors to survive. And finally you.
But it happened that they took extreme risks but still survived to reach here to make you possible.
Things that make your existence possible, have always taken gigantic risks and still have survived.
Why then are you afraid of risks so much?
By further analysing these facts we can presume that unknown risks are always there.
Out of the known risks there are a few which can utterly ruin you. These are to be a avoided.
But all other risks which make up the majority of risks you have to take voluntarily, are nothing in front of all the risks and stakes that you have already survived.