In the comments on last week’s AI, a couple of people mentioned that pregnancy is no big deal, that it’s been going on for somewhere between 6000 and a billion or so years (based on whether or not you’re Kirk Cameron). But I have to disagree. Just because something isn’t novel or rare doesn’t mean it isn’t humbling and awe inspiring. Creating people, no matter how many times it happens, just blows my mind. I mean, there was nothing… then hey hey hey… then PEOPLE! Tiny people!
And it’s not just reproduction, I feel that way about lots of things – small things like spider webs and larger things like snow storms and thunderstorms or even everything that happens somewhere other than Earth. Sometimes I just look around at everything around me and I can’t believe that I’m a part of it all. I feel completely insignificant and hugely significant at the same time. “Ordinary Miracles” as Sarah McLachlan calls them. While I don’t believe in “miracles”, I certainly understand the sentiment… and the fact that I don’t believe in a creator makes it all the more “miraculous”.
What are the things around you that, while ordinary, inspire awe and wonder? What simple things blow your mind?