The Bizarreness of Our Position

“I have tried to ponder the bizarreness of our exact position in space. If I were able to run probabilities of this nature (if anyone were able to run probabilities of this nature), then I would like to know what the chances are of a huge sphere ending up spinning around a much huger burning sphere (without plummeting in… yet), set at exactly the right distance away, such that temperatures are cool enough that we don’t all shrivel up like wrist hairs too close to a barbecue, and warm enough that we don’t all end up like the mammoths surprised by fast-growing glaciers. (Imagine a glacier fast enough to sneak up on you and surround you in ice while you innocently munched a buttercup.) Even less likely, the axis of our bowling-ball-home is tipping just so, angling us enough that on one side of our annual lap (at least where I live), we are toasty and light fireworks, and on the other, we jingle bells and heat up chocolate. What are the odds? Anyone? Would any Las Vegas bookie be willing to give me numbers on the chance of it happening again?”

~ N.D. Wilson, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl (p. 39)

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