Pale Blue Dot
I seldom care for much of the crap that friends email each other, but perhaps
I'm just in one of those contemplative moods that I thought the following was
timely. Granted, I've read and re-read this thought by Carl Sagan, but lately,
the world is just too crazy not to pass this around.
So please listen to this audio of Carl Sagan as you look at this image.
If you can't listen to the audio, I've included much of the transcript below.
Thanks and feel free to pass it along.
Look again at that dot (it is circled in blue to make it easier to see).
That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you
know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out
their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident
religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every
hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and
peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child,
inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician,
every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the
history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers
of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and
triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think
of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this
pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how
frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how
fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some
privileged position in the Universe:, are challenged by this point of pale
light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In
our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from
elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere
else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit,
yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we
make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building
experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human
conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our
responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and
cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
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Beautiful and so true. It gives me perspective that loving my self and my
friends it the only thing that really matters.
I have that quote and image on my cupboard door at school. :)
I love this. Really good stuff.