“The Earth is a…

“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

3 responses to ““The Earth is a…

  1. Oh my! This is the second time this week I heard this quote! It’s so profound!!!
    I’m glad you shared it, because I didn’t know how to find it. (saw it in your category section and secretly hoped.) I have to tell you that reading your list, I KNOW we’re kindred spirits…Hafiz, Tolle, Thoreau, Dr. Seuss, Sagan…oh my! ~thank you!!!

  2. Reblogged this on writingwingsforyou and commented:
    wanting to “become masters of a fraction of a dot.” Take it several steps further. We are fighting on our playgrounds and in our homes over a fractions of a fraction of a dot. Not only “preserve and cherish the blue dot” but the fractions of fractions of the blue dots in our homes. Peace begins with me. ~Marie

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