Thursday, February 18, 2010

garden, harbor, holy place

Look in the tan beam to the far right, about halfway down, and you'll notice a tiny grey speck - the Earth, as photographed by Voyager I in 1990. Below, some of what Carl Sagan had to say about this "Pale Blue Dot."

"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."

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