July 27th, 2010

SgtGrumbles

The Mayfly

There are many stereotypical jokes about certain species of animals. One example is the short lifespan of an adult mayfly. Even though mayflies may live for about a year, their adult phase, where they do nothing but reproduce, lasts about 24 hours. So there are lots of jokes/comics that revolve around such a short life.

I started thinking that we as humans should not have such schadenfreude for the poor little mayfly. If a mayfly lives for 1 day, that is .003% of the lifespan of a human (who has the fortune of living until 80.) So if humans were mayflies, a god-like being similar to a human would have a lifespan of roughly 2.3 million years. That seems like a huge amount of time, but geologically speaking, we're still in the blink-of-an-eye category. That's even moreso when you think about the age of the universe.

So yes, I think about weird shit, but it once again shows that we are here for all-too-short of a time. No more laughing at the mayfly and its one day orgy. Perhaps we should even take a lesson from them! ;o)