If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you might be familiar with my intrinsic/extrinsic value argument for human beings. The general summary:

  • Extrinsic value is relative – in that you, as a question of self-interest, may be of no value to me at all. Which is the way that we sometimes relate (usually more than sometimes, if we’re honest).
  • Intrinsic value is absolute – in that you, as a human being, are a mathematical impossibility. The combinations upon combinations upon infinite combinations of chance encounters that had to take place in order for each person to be here, as they are, make the likelihood of them non-existent. And yet, here they all are. Occasionally causing frustration in the workplace.

I bring this up because I found a magnificent infographic to illustrate that last point. And I went looking for that infographic because today is turning into a hectic one – and much as I wanted to write about:

  1. Shoprite, and their crazy expansion plans; and/or
  2. The Johannesburg Art Fair, and why we should all be buying South African Art;

…it’s just all turning out to be a bit impossible.


So instead, I give you the miraculousness of being:

What Are The Odds?

by sofyay.

My favourite line:

“That number is not just larger than all of the particles in the universe – it is larger than all the particles in the Universe if each particle were itself a universe”

And that wasn’t even the largest number on the page. It was just a component.

Happy weekend.