It Might Be The Single Most Mind-Altering Photograph Humanity Has Ever Taken
When you see photographs of the Earth from far away, the implications may not immediately be clear. This puts it all into perspective.
This photograph of Earth taken by Voyager 1 was dubbed “Pale Blue Dot.”
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Considering in 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 whoever was lived out their lives. The aggregate or joy in 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 super star, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there, on the mode of dust suspended in a sun beam.
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 can 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 hatred is. 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, the underscore is our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known, the pale blue dot.
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Source | UP