Monday, July 22, 2013

Carl Sagan's wise words

I fuck loving science

Image taken by the Cassini space probe showing the Earth from Saturn!

"Consider again 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 (1934-1996), Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1997 reprint, pp. xv–xvi

You can follow NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn on Facebook, or check out the raw images here:

Raw image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
Colour composite credit: Maksim Kakitsev


Anonymous said...

Ciao Eduardo,
vielen Dank für die interessanten Themen und schönen Bilder - und viele liebe Grüße aus dem heißen Regensburg!

eddie said...

Servus Sylvia!
Ich bedanke mich bei die für die Kommentare :)
Du bist aber eine ergebene Leserin meines Blogs!
Ja, Regensburg ist zu heiß, kein Zeit für ein leckeres Schokobrot :(

Bis Bald und schönes Wochenende!

Anonymous said...

Ciao nochmal,
ja, irgendwie fehlst Du mir hier... aber Dein Blog ist einfach immer spannend, und deshalb gut für eine Ablenkung ;-)
Ich kann Dir gerne Bescheid geben, falls es irgendwann mal wieder kalt genug für Schokoladenbrot ist. Aber ich befürchte, das wird noch lange dauern.
Erst mal wünsche ich Dir eine schöne Woche!

eddie said...

Liebe Sylvia,
du bist immer wilkommen :) Je mehr Besuche von dir desto besser :)
Ja, wahrscheinlich soll ich ein bisschen lange auf dein Schokoladenbrot warten!
Auch ich wünsche dir eine schöne Woche und bis Bald!

Liebe Grüße,