You can tell a girl she’s smart her whole life, encourage her in school, buy her a chemistry set, send her to math camp, help her apply for college scholarships in STEM fields, and she’s still eventually going to walk into a classroom, a lab, or a job interview and have some man dismiss her existence, deny her funding, pass her over for a promotion, or take credit for her work. How about you work on getting those assholes out of power and quit telling me not to call girls pretty.
The mere fact that we can stand on a beach and look out at the sea today, some 4.5 billion years after the formation of the earth, tells us that the earth is a unique place. It is unique not only in the relation to our solar system but in relation to the entire Milky Way galaxy. It is possible for you to visit the beach only because you live on a planet which is neither too large nor too small, circling at just the right distance from its star, which is also neither too large nor too small. And all of these conditions had to be met before the planet could produce a being capable of thinking about everything implied by standing on a beach.
…So the next time you wander along your favorite beach, you might pause for a moment to reflect on the enormous improbability of the ocean, the beach, or you being there at all. You might also spare a moment to think about how this highly unlikely and very precious resource can be preserved for our children.
James S Trefil, “A Scientist at the Seashore”