Chuck Palahniuk may have been a bit of a nihilistic fatalist when penning this line in Fight Club.
You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.
But he’s right. In a way.
Have you ever wondered how many people have ever lived on earth?
This means, as the Whitlams famously suggested, that if someone is one in a million there aren’t just five more in New South Wales – there are in fact 106,000 people just like them who have lived throughout history.