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Pale Blue Dot

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Passage taken from Dr. Carl Sagan's book about how seeing earth from Voyager leaving our star system can give us a great new perspective

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, … see full wiki

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We are here: "... Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand."

  • Jan 27, 2010
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This passage is, in my opinion, one of the greatest passages I've heard in the little bit of English oratory history that I know.

I grew up watching a few Carl Sagan documentaries. These are my favorite sentences from the piece:
"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."

" 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."

"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."

It's a kind call for considering our own conceit in relation to vast "emptiness" full of unknown mystery. Instead of killing ourselves and finding reasons to beat ourselves down just seeing how small the earth is from Voyager's vantage as it went far-er away than anything we've built before, it really does remind us to look again at ourselves.

Carl Sagan's voice is always full of awe and the want of understanding.  His thoughtful words are very eloquent but as a good teacher, he relates very simply. Hearing him talk about the world from this perspective helped me not only appreciate the planet, people/other living beings, and nature but also the time that we have been alive and the time we are alive right now. I have the youtube clip bookmarked and I always come back and take a listen whenever my head is somewhere else.

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