Tonight, I am pleased to share this insightful inspirational excerpt “Pale Blue Dot” by Carl Sagan, great American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, famous author, and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences.
During my student years in England in 1980′s, I used to watch with tremendous interest, Carl Sagan’s documentary series featured on BBC Television: Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. It was written and narrated by Sagan. I must say, this TV series not only gave me a lot of insightful information, but also enhanced my interest significantly in Science and mysteries of Universe.
I find this excerpt very thought-provoking as much as inspirational. In my view, this excerpt is Carl Sagan’s timeless and ageless ode to our Mother Earth, our precious and beautiful Home.
I hope that you too will find it as interesting as I do.
Readers & Followers:
Let’s conserve and safeguard the pale blue dot, our beautiful planet Earth, the only home we have ever known.
Because, in Carl Sagan’s words:
“The Earth is where we make our stand.”
Make a great day!
Massachusetts, Wednesday Night, December 4, 2013.
Here is my favorite excerpt, for your enjoyment!
Pale Blue Dot – Only Home We’ve Ever Known!
“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 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.
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
From: Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.
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