This status quo has been completely satisfactory for the vast majority of humans throughout human history. Most people are perfectly happy in having a family, wasting two hours a day in a commute, eight hours a day in a cube, 25 years in school, seven years in a marriage, eight years in a second marriage, feeding their gullet, watching the game, drinking light beers, dying in a nursing home, making no notable or mentionable contributions to society their entire lives. And while this may sound a bit harsh and judgmental it’s true, and much more than you realize.
List all the notable humans throughout recorded history that come to mind. Now, grab all the history books or the resources of the internet and come up with a list of every notable person ever recorded in history. Henry Ford, Julius Caesar, Erwin Rommel, Genghis Khan, Gilgamesh, Plato, large and small, you name it. If you’re lucky you’ll come up with 10,000 people, but let’s be generous and say 100,000.
That 100,000 are the humans who have shaped and molded this world. The ones who are 100% responsible for all the successes and tragedies of all of humanity. They are the ones history will remember forever and the ones who will define this planet until it is consumed by the sun.
Now divide that by the 100 billion humans that are estimated to have lived since recorded history.
The number you should get is .000001. Or .0001%.
ONE TEN THOUSANDTH OF ONE PERCENT of the human population has achieved anything noteworthy in the history of the world. That means 99.9999% of the population hasn’t, and have lived regular, ordinary lives that will be forever lost to obscurity, commonness, and mediocrity. There is no record of them, nor any trace of them, ultimately meaning their fleeting existence in this universe served no purpose and was wasted. It’s as if they never lived in the first place. But we are alive here and now and have the raw intellectual capacity to not suffer such similar fates. Thus, we owe it to ourselves to follow the wise words of Cypress Hill,
“We aint’ goin’ out like that.”