Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton

“Life, uh, finds a way”

This quote has permeated through layers of science fiction and obscure dinosaur names to sit at the forefront of the Jurassic Park franchise. But why do we like this quote so much? is it Jeff Goldblum’s iconic “uh” phrasing? or is the the words themselves? Well, that’s what I’m here to discuss.

We humans like stories in which after everything, their favourite humans end up continuing on to the next one. We like it when somehow they continue: Humanum Victorem. It gives us hope that when we come up to our own conflict that we will rise from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix. That when we come up against bills or death or loves lost we can “uh” continue.

And I think it gives us hope that even after we’re gone, life, and particularly human life can, and will “uh” continue. As my fave Jemma Simmons as said:

I like to think of the first law of thermodynamics, that no energy in the universe is created and… none is destroyed…That means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else. Maybe live as a dragonfish, a microbe, maybe burn in a supernova ten billion years from now. And every part of us now was once a part of some other thing – a moon, a storm cloud, a mammoth, a monkey. Thousands and thousands of other beautiful things that were just as terrified to die as we are. We gave them new life. Good one, I hope.

What this means is that life will “uh” find a way. It may find new ways, and we may not always like how it manifests. But it has found its way to you, and soon enough it will find its way to something just as beautiful.

Get Reading. Get Travelling.

Ash

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