We’re engaging in a set of activities which go way beyond the individual life span, way beyond children, grandchildren, way beyond parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, to the whole frame of at least civilizational life. Once you get comfortable with that, then you start to go further out still, to three and a half billion years of life on Earth, and maybe we’ll do another three… and a half billion years. That’s kind of interesting to try to hold in your mind. And once you’ve held it in your mind, what do you do on Monday?
This is a ribosome, a RNA and protein complex that forms a tiny molecular machine, 20 nanometers in diameter. Ribosomes translate mRNA sequences into proteins. There are about 400 000 000 000 000 000 000 ribosomes in your body. You are a gigantic hive of hypercomplex nanomachinery!