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← Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot

Text from the book The Pale Blue Dot, by Carl Sagan. Read by Carl Sagan.

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Showing Revision 3 created 06/10/2014 by yadazing.

  1. From this distant vantage point

  2. the earth, might not seem of any particular interest.
  3. But for us, it's different.
  4. Consider again that dot.
  5. That's here, that's home, that's us.
  6. On it everyone you love, everyone you know,
  7. everyone you ever heard of,
  8. every human being who ever was,
  9. lived out their lives.
  10. The aggregate of our joy and suffering
  11. thousands of confident religions,
    ideologies, and economic doctrines,
  12. every hunter and forager,
  13. every hero and coward, every creator
    and destroyer of civilization,
  14. every king and peasant,
  15. every young couple in love,
  16. every mother and father,
  17. hopeful child,
  18. inventor and explorer,
  19. every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician,
  20. every superstar, every supreme leader,
  21. every saint and sinner in the history of our species
  22. lived there, on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
  23. The earth is a very small stage
  24. in a vast cosmic arena.
  25. Think of the rivers of blood
  26. spilled by all those generals and emperors
  27. so that in glory and triumph
  28. they could become the momentary masters
  29. of a fraction of a dot.
  30. Think of the endless cruelties visited
  31. by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel
  32. on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner.
  33. How frequent their misunderstandings,
  34. how eager they are to kill one another,
  35. how fervent their hatreds.
  36. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance,
  37. the delusion we have
    some privileged position in the universe,
  38. are challenged by this point of pale light.
  39. Our planet is a lonely speck
  40. in the great enveloping cosmic dark.
  41. In our obscurity, in all this vastness
  42. there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere
  43. to save us from ourselves.
  44. The earth is the only world known so far, to harbour life.
  45. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future,
  46. to which our species could migrate.
  47. Visit? Yes. Settle? Not yet!
  48. Like it or not, for the moment,
    the earth is where we make our stand.
  49. It has been said that astronomy is a
    humbling and character building experience
  50. There is perhaps no better
    demonstration of the folly of human conceits
  51. than this distant image of our tiny world.
  52. To me, it underscores our responsibility
    to deal more kindly with one another
  53. and to preserve and cherish
  54. the pale blue dot,
  55. the only home we've ever known.