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Carl Sagan

Postby BeerCur on Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:04 am

Are we as a human race heading for dust and ruin or glory and prosperity? In a paradox, both. We are walking our way to our greatest heights and triumphs and most trying and heartbreaks by stepping forward... it's the ebb and flow, and constant motion of tomorrow.

Carl Sagan
....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....

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
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