The Accident Of The Cosmos
Life is a copiously branching bush,
continually pruned by the grim reaper of extinction,
not a ladder of predictable progress.
We are, whatever our glories and accomplishments,
a momentary cosmic accident that would never arise again
if the tree of life could be replanted from seed and regrown under similar conditions.
Shall we appreciate any less the beauty of nature because its harmony is unplanned?
And shall the potential of mind cease to inspire our awe and fear because several billion neurons reside in our skulls?