Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pale Blue Dot

Pale Blue Dot refers to the famous photo of our Earth taken from a distance whereby Earth is just as big (or as small) as a speck of dust.

It's also the title of a book written by Dr. Carl Sagan - the world's most famous astronomer. His book expands on the following:-

Reflections on a Mote of Dust

"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every 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 in 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 the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. 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. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, 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 and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
- Dr. Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Nothing beats having Dr. Carl reading the above to us. Click here to listen.

I find the above very meaningful, like it & wanna share it - So, it's here! =)

Thanks Win for sharing it with me today :) Coincidentally, today is the day Malaysia sends her first astronomer to space. Haha. :D


Blogger Songie said...

Thanks for sharing this. I truly, truly appreciate it.

Thanks for sharing this,all these yrs,small little hints,words of wisdom, profound insights- it's indeed an honour to have met the messenger,u.

1/11/07 7:15 PM  
Blogger cmeel said...

my pleasure, songie. :)

i'm also honoured to have met the world's best guardian angel - u. :)


8/11/07 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Win said...


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