"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones.
Most people are never going to die because they are
never going to be born. The potential people who could
have been here in my place but who will in fact never see
the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara.
Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than
Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this
because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA
so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the
teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our
ordinariness, that are here."