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And I quote, “In the smallest fraction of a second (along the lines of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth), space expanded in an unfathomable release of energy, generating temperatures of trillions of degrees at speeds exceeding that of light itself.

“And this expansion continues today.

“And from this initial moment of devastating destruction, life began to reorganize itself in ever-higher ways. Galaxies were born. Planets were formed. And residing at the very pinnacle of this long, evolutionary process is you – reading this essay.

“You’ve come a long way, baby.

“And whether you ascribe to this popular theory or one of the other credible theories (yes, there are several credible theories), let us understand that in any case, the story inherent in the macrocosm is the story inherent in the microcosm.

“This story is our story.

“Let us be reminded in our own lives that operating just beyond any destruction is life, reorganizing itself in ever-higher ways; that operating just beyond the death of a loved one, beyond the loss of a relationship, beyond the devastation of a retirement account, beyond the deterioration of a body is life, reorganizing itself in ever-higher ways.

“Let us be reminded that while destruction and creation are enemies from a