Might Look Like a Wheel But It’s the History of Life #science #biology #evolution #nature

you are here on life's treeI love this diagram – the old “tree” design doesn’t hold all of life in a handy format, so this wheel is becoming popular.

Some people find the wheel disturbing or even offensive – they think it says humanity is insignificant. Not so. Among all those species, we are unique. Among billions of humans, you are unique. What could be more amazing or more significant than that? As one of my favorite poems says,

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

One little spoke on an immense wheel, and we’re a species that can change the world, made of individuals who can seek and strive in ways that reach across the globe and beyond the planet. That’s significant.

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