Our ancestors have been around for about six millions years, modern humans as we know them have been around for 200,000 years and modern society for about 10,000 years.
Current average life expectancy for a human is roughly 80 years.
So lets put our individual lives into perspective. Relative to modern humans as we know them our life expectancy is 0.04% of the time modern humans have been on the planet. Relative to modern civilization a current human life is 0.8% of the time modern human have been on the planet. Relative to the length of time humans have been on the planet, some six million years a current human represents 0.001%.
- Human Existence 0.001%
- Modern Human 0.04%
- Modern Civilization 0.8%
There have been slightly over 100 billion people born on the planet so each of us are a very small percentage of total human existence 0.0000000001%. There have been 93 billion deaths.
Get the drift?
We ain’t so significant. In fact it is our insignificance that IS significant! So what you may ask?
The ‘so what’ is we have permission in our insignificance to be totally who we are. Over the long haul we are simply a rounding error in human existence. Knowing this and being free to be uniquely ourselves we may just end up being able to make a difference!