Watch this guy blow a baby's mind by explaining the miracle of life.

Existence.

Oooooooooooh. Photo by European Southern Observatory/T. Preibisch.


What even is it?

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There are so many big, unanswerable questions.

Why are we here? What is my purpose in life? Will there be snacks? Did Carl bring them, or did he forget?

It is dizzying and terrifying to even attempt to comprehend.

But also, bizarrely amazing.

According to National Geographic's Jason Silva, the mere existence of this baby is an unbelievable, ridiculous miracle.

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Which he explains. Directly to the baby.

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He's so pumped, he goes on...


And on...

And the baby's like:


Which is ... basically how I would look too. Tbh.

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Human life is a really strange, kind of amazing coincidence.

Think of all the stuff we could have been instead.

We could have been rocks.

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Or cabinets.

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Or those little things on the ends of shoelaces.

Aglets! They're called aglets. Photo by Jonas Bergsten/Wikimedia Commons.

Instead, we get to be alive, aware beings. Which is awesome.

And this is why it's so weird that a lot of life gets treated pretty callously in the world. Life is amazing! If you think about it, it's basically impossible to look at any single human life and be like, "Yeah, whatever."

Syrian refugee children, and incredible human lives. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/Getty Images.

Whether they're refugees fleeing war in Syria, families still trying to put their lives back together 10 years after a natural disaster, or immigrants braving dangerous desert crossings to try and find a better life, we've got to step it up to make sure our fellow human people get treated with the respect for their individual lives that they deserve.

Because life is complicated and mysterious.

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It's the kind of thing people invent whole religions to try to explain. But at the end of the day, it's pretty beautiful.

It's a gift. A really, really weird gift.

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So go. Live your life!

And if you've got 54 seconds, do yourself a favor and watch this bizarrely inspiring video.

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Macy's and Girls Inc. believe that all girls deserve to be safe, supported, and valued. However, racial disparities continue to exist for young people when it comes to education levels, employment, and opportunities for growth. Add to that the gender divide, and it's clear to see why it's important for girls of color to have access to mentors who can equip them with the tools needed to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.

Anissa Rivera is one of those mentors. Rivera is a recent Program Manager at the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc., a nonprofit focusing on the holistic development of girls ages 5-18. The goal of the organization is to provide a safe space for girls to develop long-lasting mentoring relationships and build the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive now and as adults.

Rivera spent years of her career working within the themes of self and community empowerment with young people — encouraging them to tap into their full potential. Her passion for youth development and female empowerment eventually led her to Girls Inc., where she served as an agent of positive change helping to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

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Inspiring young women from all backgrounds is why Macy's has continued to partner with Girls Inc. for the second year in a row. The partnership will support mentoring programming that offers girls career readiness, college preparation, financial literacy, and more. Last year, Macy's raised over $1.3M for Girls Inc. in support of this program along with their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming for more than 26,000 girls. Studies show that girls who participated are more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, score higher on standardized math tests, and be more equipped for college and campus life.

Thanks to mentors like Rivera, girls across the country have the tools they need to excel in school and the confidence to change the world. With your help, we can give even more girls the opportunity to rise up. Throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases or donate online to support Girls Inc. at Macys.com/MacysGives.

Who runs the world? Girls!

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Over the past six years, it feels like race relations have been on the decline in the U.S. We've lived through Donald Trump's appeals to America's racist underbelly. The nation has endured countless murders of unarmed Black people by police. We've also been bombarded with viral videos of people calling the police on people of color for simply going about their daily lives.

Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given all that we've seen in the past half-decade, it makes sense for many to believe that race relations in the U.S. are on the decline.

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Did you know that girls who are encouraged to discover and develop their strengths tend to be more likely to achieve their goals? It's true. The question, however, is how to encourage girls to develop self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The answer lies in Girls Inc., a national nonprofit serving girls ages 5-18 in more than 350 cities across North America. Since first forming in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War, they've been on a mission to inspire girls to kick butt and step into leadership roles — today and in the future.

This is why Macy's has committed to partnering with Girls Inc. and making it easy to support their mission. In a national campaign running throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar or donate online to support Girls Inc. and empower girls throughout the country.


Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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