Perspective – The Pale Blue Dot

Here is a video to help add perspective to our daily travails.

When I see man’s inhumanity to man – and especially the inhumanity to women – I often wonder do these people (those being inhumane) understand that we live on a very tiny island in the cosmos that do to some quirks of science became an outpost of life. 

We don’t know how, we don’t why, but here we are. The biggest sins we can commit are to kill each other and other life and use up the fragile resources that keep us alive. Yet we do so on a massive scale daily with little thought to the consequences. 

With that I give you Carl Sagan and a six minute video about the pale blue dot:

Excerpt of this speech to consider (starts @ 2:30)

“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve ever heard of, every human being who ever was lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings; thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines; every hunter and forager; every hero and coward; every creator and destroyer of civilizations; every king and peasant, every young couple in love; every mother and father; every hopeful child; every inventor and explorer; every teacher of morals; every corrupt politician; every supreme leader; every superstar; 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 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. 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. 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. 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. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known: the pale blue dot.”

About Dave Bradley

retired in West Liberty
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1 Response to Perspective – The Pale Blue Dot

  1. A.D. says:

    And in regard to Iowa’s teensy part of our lovely pale blue dot, the Iowa Farm Bureau bill that would make it almost impossible for Iowa to acquire new parks, wildlife areas, or trails is moving right along in the Statehouse. And another bill, one that would make it impossible for local governments to enact strong effective soil erosion requirements for construction sites, is moving right along also.

    I’m grateful I don’t have to explain what’s happening in Iowa to any children. Good luck to those who do.


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