Look again at that dot

  • metta

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    Jul 17, 2016 3:24 AM GMT
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    "Look again at that dot. 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."

    —Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

    Powerful words to lift our spirits during heavy times.
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    Jul 17, 2016 4:27 AM GMT
    There's good news in this. See.. we've only had the technology to kickstart this way of thinking, for a very short time. The backward places in the world don't get to see images like this. But as time goes on, they will. As the tech we use to explore space gets more common, and more inexpensive, and the world becomes even more interconnected, the number of people exposed to this reality will grow exponentially. The impact it has on our way of thinking will get passed down through generations and before long, it will be the majority.

    Cool stuff.
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    Jul 17, 2016 7:22 PM GMT
    Interesting idea but " backward" places have no idea about the " turmoil" in our world. The Media skews everything. 155,000 people die a day on this over populated earth but unless those events are broadcast it does not weigh heavy on our minds. The violence that the media is covering has been occurring in Africa every day for decades but no coverage of it. Supposedly Stalin executed 20,000,000 Mao ze-dong 70,000,000 in my lifetime so now is really a quiet period. Liberals praised communism in those days, talk about spin. Google genicide .


    quote][cite]KentuckyTuss said[/cite]There's good news in this. See.. we've only had the technology to kickstart this way of thinking, for a very short time. The backward places in the world don't get to see images like this. But as time goes on, they will. As the tech we use to explore space gets more common, and more inexpensive, and the world becomes even more interconnected, the number of people exposed to this reality will grow exponentially. The impact it has on our way of thinking will get passed down through generations and before long, it will be the majority.

    Cool stuff. [/quote]