At some point, a finite amount of mass-energy is liberated from some constraint. This caused time and time caused the Big Bang (or maybe the other way around). Still today, mass-energy remains generously distributed throughout the Universe. While initially too intense to support the existence of even the most ephemeral atomic unit, the Universe rapidly cooled itself via dilution till it could sustain certain semi-stable energetic patterns called molecules. Molecules are transient stabilizations of atomic and electronic force fields. Molecules, like cowboys or quarks, do not follow any laws. Rather, through their impeccably-reproducible configurational compromises, they give the mere appearance of obedience. Starting their lives at a thermodynamic party in which it was just too vibrational to hear anything, the molecules decelerated, exploring new phases of matter. From plasma to gas, liquid to solid and beyond - at every step of this thermal relaxation, molecules discovered new styles of cuddling. The topologically-intuitive rules by which multi-atomic units form are inscrutable, the speed at which they act is unimaginable. Beyond the fascinations and vacillations of individual molecules, macroscopic aggregates of molecules acquire properties unfathomable to their subunits. Purely by dint of their size, these larger assemblages can, for example, gain the ability to become gravitationally relevant and sustain nuclear fusion. This actually happened. Many times over, distributed sparsely through a very large space. Think about it: Pillars of intergalactic radiation were blazing through observer-less emptiness, dust particles were clinging tightly to their electrostatic dreams, and stars were unabashedly swallowing each other. It was a wild time for us all. One specific clump of matter, Earth, is of unparalleled tautological importance. And so it was that through a cosmic conglomeration of carboniferous crud, our womb was born.