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    Reflections by Carl Sagan

    In his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, astronomer Carl Sagan related his thoughts on a deeper meaning of the photograph:

    From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not ...
    [+] Reflections by Carl Sagan

    In his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, astronomer Carl Sagan related his thoughts on a deeper meaning of the photograph:

    From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again 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: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1997 reprint, pp. xv–xvi

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    JiNeTiK said 1 year ago 3 comments Like this (5) Report
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    • I hate that we as humans have to murder and wage war on eachother for resources because we have such a high birthrate. Personally I think the human race (from the start) should of been genetically presdisposed to only have one child atmost per parent. We are an unsistainable lifeform on this planet. There will not be enough resources for the human race in the next 30 or so years because of our growing birthrate. There needs to be a limit placed on childbirth rght now for every country in the world that can enforce it, if we are to survive as a race into the next hundred years.

      GalaxyCrusher said 1 year ago

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    • The biggest issue faced by humanity isn't solely overpopulation, but global warming. We risk totally destroying the one home we have, making huge sections of it totally inhospitable. Policies are spoken about and made by politicians like we have time to change it. CO2 reductions down by 20% by 2020 etc etc. That's too late. Even if we were to stop all carbon emmissions today, sea levels and global temperatures will continue to rise, with catastrophic consequences. It's a sobering thought to think that short of drastic climate altering measure (google geo-engineering), the human race WILL continue on this destructive path to the cost of millions, if not billions (and that's not an exaggeration; one missed monsoon in asia and india starves) os lives.

      Wilfeh said 1 year ago

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    If you're a astronomy geek you will enjoy this. Me and my girlfriend are playing it after a day's work, and there's not more relaxing than creating black holes and turning stars into white dwarfs.

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