Infinite Monkey Theorem (Word For The Week)
The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type any given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. In fact, the monkey would almost surely type every possible finite text an infinite number of times.
What does this even mean?
Given enough time, anything is possible. Don’t feel bad, don’t feel special.
That is the most succinct way to interpret the infinite monkey theorem.
I don’t think anyone is interested in a monkey typing Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet, but it will make for an interesting view.
As much as it sounds impossible for this to happen, mathematically, there is a probability for it to happen.
The odds are not one you should place a bet on, but they exist anyway.
If statistically, the infinite monkey theorem shows a probability of the improbable, then why are you writing yourself off?
Others are permitted to give up on you, but you didn’t have that luxury. Where necessary, take a step back, reanalyze the situation, restrategize, and relaunch.
If the monkey stands a chance, you do too.
And when you do the most unbelievable thing, calm down. Yes, you are awesome. You are a miracle worker.
But don’t let it get to your head.
Whatever you just did, statistically, give enough time, a monkey could eventually have done the same.
Don’t look down on others now you are at the summit. Now more than ever, you need to respect those around and below you.
The climb may have been difficult, but the fall is certain to be more painful.
For me, the biggest takeaway from the infinite monkey theorem is that everything is possible; be humble.