Do you have magic in you? You bet. Because the minimum of genetic material -- the amount necessary to give us all the messages about where our hundred million rods and cones go and about the whole works, conscious mind and unconscious -- would fit in a sphere a sixth of an inch in diameter. That sums up the minimum genetic material needed to produce the hundred billion people who have ever lived. That magic, that miracle of life, has been passed on for three and a half billion years. In that time millions of species went by the wayside, but we didn't. From when it began three and a half billion years ago to everyone here: no mistakes, no failure. So a little tiny part of each of us is three and a half billion years old, and everything that's alive is related. How did this miracle happen? What shaped it? What informed it? It wasn't civilization, because there wasn't any.

 

David R. Brower


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