The Pale Blue Dot

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    Before we beat each other up without knowing who or what we are saying and who the target of digital wrath is, it is good to remember this, and purview it often.

    Very often.

    The image and story of.......us......by Carl Sagan.

    The Pale Blue Dot


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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


    Enjoy and consider, everyone.

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    Thank you, sweetheart.

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    YVW, Robert. I thought on what the reaction would be of humans if ET ever did show up, after your "Are We Alone" thread.

    I think many humans will be very disappointed, as they have dedicated their lives to such petty matters.
     
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    You're going way back. Watching the old TV show 'Cosmos' should be required for all High School students, IMO. Brings back a lot of great memories. And on a personal note, my biggest hobby (which almost became a profession if it wasn't for the low pay) has always been Astronomy. When I was about 11, I remember realizing for the first time how vast space really is and how it changed my life. I've always tried to instill in my kids how tiny, fragile and wonderful the Earth is in the grand scheme of things.
     
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    Add the fact that our lifetimes are a mere speck on the scale of infinity and you'll get a real perspective of our existence. What are our priorities given our size and our mortality ?
     
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    This is wonderful and what my dearest did dad for me as I was growing up, with our time so many nights looking through his 300x refractor telescope. And that influence on a child, led me on to adventures in life I never could have imagined.

    Ever.

    Good, for you.

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    True.

    Even here, even though I am very new here, I look at the thread topics and the only person that has attacked me here without provocation, Mad Scientist, and The Pale Blue Dot really hits home. I agree.

    The wonder is, what in the world, literally, are we doing. All this noise over things that are simply the madness of a planet that has become quite smug about everything about itself. Sad.

    When all one has to do is to stare at that pale blue dot for a while.

    Imagine.

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    Of course, another way to look at it might be that, as insignificant as we all are, all our concerns about doing good or right are meaningless. Worrying about personal morality might not make much sense when looking how unimportant we all are on a universal scale.

    Just looking for the dirty lining in your silver cloud! :lol:
     
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    Yea, I've noticed the trend on the net, in the headlines, everywhere-- everything is a negative. What a culture..............how sad.

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