Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan – You Are Here

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Pale Blue Dot Carl Sagan You Are Here - image of Earth from 6 billion kilometers

Earth from 6 billion KM – Image source: fettss.arc.nasa.gov

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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.

– Carl Sagan

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It’s been so long since I’ve seen this  image and the Carl Sagan musings that it inspired I had almost forgotten they existed. But having found them again I really wanted to share – because it’s a wonderfully thought-provoking and positive slice of human self-reflection.

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Video

Quite a few people have taken Carl Sagan’s words and stitched together a pastiche of  images and moving clips to accompany and reinforce the sentiment behind them. This one’s rather good, I think.

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David J Rodger – DATA

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