Today you turn five.

A letter to Experiment

Today is your birthday.

You’ve accomplished a lot in a short time. We’ve shared many new scientific discoveries, amazing memories, and unique opportunities. And, that’s all thanks to you.

I know you worry that you’re not growing up fast enough. You’re certainly not the tallest one in class. But, be thankful that you’re not the fattest. You are growing at your own pace. What matters is you’re growing.

You’re growing faster than we ever dreamed of when we first created you. We knew you had potential, but never like this. Pretty soon you’re not going to need us anymore. Maybe because robots will replace us. That is both exciting and scary. You’re developing a mind of your own.

In 100 years, when you’re still around, we’ll be gone. When we’re gone remember your values. These aren’t values that we taught you. These are values that you taught us, values you taught yourself.

Stay true to the science. Let the truth prevail. Be strict about differentiating between opinions and fact. Reward rigorous science. Keep your integrity.

Be bold. You don’t change the world by doing what you’re told. If you believe in it, go for it. Give something your full attention or none of it. Do very few things, and do them better than anyone in the universe. Rules don’t apply to you.[1.]

Celebrate. Keep your friends and supporters close, and make each celebration memorable. Cherish the process, not just the discoveries.

The one gift that we hope to leave you with soon is a belief in your own invincibility. Being invincible is impossible, but the belief that you are is.

We enter another year where you’ll venture out further into the real world. The real world can be a scary place. It can be unfair. It can be cruel. You’re here because you have the power to change that. What you bring is the power of science. The ability to test hypotheses, a framework to show people the truth.

When this is all over and we’re gone, you’ll help make the world a better place. We are certain of that. Do this by making yourself proud. By making yourself proud, you will by default make others around you proud.

The more you discover the more you’ll feel how much remains unknown. This is how we know that you’re destined to live forever.

[1.] Except for safety, the only rule is to return alive.

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