A bit of astronomical zen.

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A bit of astronomical zen.

The new lander recently returned this spectacular image of earth and our moon:


 

Not too long ago, the first Voyager probe sent back this image of our earth from about 6 billion kilometers away:


Whenever I see images like this, I'm reminded of the words or Carl Sagan, the latter image inspired him to write the book "Pale Blue Dot".

While I'm sure Carl and I both feel similarly when we see such a thing, I'll never be able to express it as beautifully and eloquently as he did:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M

 

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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.

 

 

 

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I'm pretty sure I heard that

I'm pretty sure I heard that Sagan speech,at least in part, in a christian DVD called 'Indescribable.' They also use the pale blue dot, but apparently it's proof of god. Being a incredibly small nothing in an amazing universe is proof we're the meaning for the universe to exist

Psalm 14:1 "the fool hath said in his heart there is a God"-From a 1763 misprinted edition of the bible

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Loc wrote:I'm pretty sure I

Loc wrote:

I'm pretty sure I heard that Sagan speech,at least in part, in a christian DVD called 'Indescribable.' They also use the pale blue dot, but apparently it's proof of god. Being a incredibly small nothing in an amazing universe is proof we're the meaning for the universe to exist

Christians are schizoid that way - God created the universe for humans but humans are really worthless in his sight.

But he loves us and will send us to hell for eternity if we disagree with him...

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Loc wrote:I'm pretty sure I

Loc wrote:

I'm pretty sure I heard that Sagan speech,at least in part, in a christian DVD called 'Indescribable.' They also use the pale blue dot, but apparently it's proof of god. Being a incredibly small nothing in an amazing universe is proof we're the meaning for the universe to exist

 

Christian ignorance is self defeating, using pale blue dot to prove God, what idiots.

While we're on the subject of rhetorical speeches on the significance of humans, here's one you probably haven't seen:

 

 

 

 

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