“We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust. Much smaller. Divide. Multiply. Add and subtract, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stich together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic little swarm. The lungs, the brain, the heart. Forty weeks later, six trillion cells get crushed in the vise of our mother’s birth canal and we howl. Then the world starts in on us.”
Taken from “All the Light we Cannot see” by Anthony Doerr.