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 posturing, 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, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
A profound and a powerful statement by the author and an astronomer, inspired to write the book “Pale Blue Dot” after seeing the picture taken by Voyager 1 a space probe in 1990 while leaving our solar system on the suggestion of the author. It is now 23 years down the line and there has been no change in the posturing of the humans, the same self importance, greed, plunder, killing and mayhem continues without any thoughts of saving this small dot of the universe, the earth.
The people of this world needs to pause and ponder on the above statement, for we have only this earth to live in at this point of time and no other suitable planet is available to migrate even in the distant future in spite of the immense technological advancement. So in order to ensure that our future generation’s lead their lives like we have done, we all inhabitants of this planet need to take steps to prevent the degrading of the already fragile environment urgently instead of bickering on unwanted materialist values. Read here . Read Here The blog i wrote recently about the planet heading towards disaster
Happy Environment day friends and i hope everyone ones sees this the way Carl Sagan wrote.
Information Courtesy: Google/ Wikipedia: - An interesting Whatsapp video from a friend showing the image of the earth taken from Voyager triggered me to search for Pale Blue Dot and pen few line in addition to Carl Sagan’s message to the humanity