You spring from an unbroken line of winners…


“Every living thing is, from the cosmic perspective, incredibly lucky simply to be alive. Most, 90 percent and more, of all the organisms that have ever lived have died without viable offspring, but not a single one of your ancestors, going back to the dawn of life on Earth, suffered that normal misfortune. You spring from an unbroken line of winners going back millions of generations, and those winners were, in every generation, the luckiest of the lucky, one out of a thousand or even a million. So however unlucky you may be on some occasion today, your presence on the planet testifies to the role luck has played in your past.”

~ Philosopher and cognitive scientist Dan Dennett




  1. Reality check! Thank you, David, for giving my mindset a good tweak this morning!


  2. Hi Lori. Thank you.


  3. Winning! 🙂


  4. It’s important to remember that even if you’re behind, you’re ahead…:-;


  5. Wonderful message.


  6. Such a great positive perspective to have!


  7. thanks for the quick wake up, sometimes we take life for granted


  8. Never really thought about how lucky we are


  9. Reblogged this on Cobe.


  10. Some call it luck, I call it divine design.


  11. As one of my favorite bloggers recently said, “the accident of birth.” I’ve read and read again this statement and each time, it’s stronger. Hmm…. my presence on this planet … luck? the “purposeful life”…


  12. Wonderful, amazing way to view being “me”,David. Thank you for this fresh , “lucky” perspective.


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