Sunday, September 14, 2014

Carl Sagan: A Pale Blue Dot

The late astronomer Carl Sagan, in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space," reflected on the 1990 photo of the Earth taken from the Voyager 1 space probe. The planet appears as a tiny dot in the vastness of the universe, "a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark." In the following video, Sagan speaks of this dot as the place where "every human being who ever was, lived out their lives." He puts our pretensions and hatreds in perspective: "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." From an ethical standpoint, Sagan states that this "demonstration of the folly of human conceits...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." Watch:


Michael J. Mand said...

And just think, with the exception of Major Tom, nobody gets out of here alive.

Jeff Tone said...

A bit of Bowie, a bit of The Doors.