Where have I been? By Brian37

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Where have I been? By Brian37

Where Have I Been? By Brian37

 

The thunder rumbles

Outside my door

Pelting rain

Nature's refrain

 

Reminding me of

What I have said before

That I am a spec

And nature the boss

 

 

With endless boom,

And rattling windows

As I sat at my computer,

Introduced to me, A profound man

 

With praise of science,

In reflective solitude

A man who spoke

Of every kind

 

Of Kings

And paupers

Business owners

And bums

 

Of politicians and children

Of criminals and heros

Of those living now

And those of all past

 

He spoke of Voyager

A specific photo

Through rings of Saturn

Our dot exposed

 

 

The best we can do

Is rattle our sabers

Impressed with our power

Fleeting, temporary, and finite

 

"The folly of human conceits"

An apt description, when juxtaposed

To  the "fraction" we control

Compared to the entire Cosmos

 

Can you guess

Of whom I'm inspired

Who put into words

What I always thought?

 

This man, long dead

Lives on in me tonight

Telling in more eloquent words

The reality of our lives

 

That thunder has meaning

More than last night

That alone I am not

And science is right

 

Myth is no candle

And burns no light

And is no compass

In the vast universe

 

A dot is our home

And a mere spec

That humility

Should put myth to rest

 

Can you guess

This person's name

That I learned tonight

After all these years

 

Where have I been?

(END)

 

$50 bucks for the first correct answer of who this poem is about(DISCLAIMER, OFFER SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE, VOID ON PLANET EARTH) Bob Spence, you are NOT allowed to make a guess, being that you are the one who introduced me to this person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Space, the meaning of it all. Gotta be

 

Sagan...

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I played the sound from a

I played the sound from a few You-Tube videos back to Brian over Skype (his computer doesn't like doing Skype plus anything else at the same time).

First had to be Sagan reading his classic "Pale Blue Dot" account, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M. Still overwhelms me when I hear it.

Then another bit on "God and Gods": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E-_DdX8Ke0&feature=related

Then the first part of his last interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jod7v-m573k&feature=related

 

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What are you smoking? That

What are you smoking? That was Rick Warren.

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Brian37 wrote:What are you

Brian37 wrote:

What are you smoking? That was Rick Warren.

Woops, sorry, how could I have mixed those guys up? Or could it have been Billy Graham?

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Hey, apologies to Brian, but

Hey, apologies to Brian, but I misled him slightly. I confused two photos of Earth as a distant dot.

In the one Sagan referred to, which he urged NASA to take, the streaks of light were not the rings of Saturn, but flare from the Sun which was very close to being in the view of the camera.

A later photo was taken in 2006 from the Cassini spacecraft with Earth also a small dot, this time really seen between the outer rings of Saturn, no doubt inspired by Sagan's original idea.

In this one, they waited until the spacecraft was in the shadow of Saturn to keep the Sun from flaring the photo.

Here is that photo:

http://www.planetary.org/image/158284main_pia08324-2-502.jpg

 

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,.,..

Given the negativity of the poem I'd have guessed Redskins Training Camp, possibly OTA's?

 


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Abu Lahab wrote:Given the

Abu Lahab wrote:

Given the negativity of the poem I'd have guessed Redskins Training Camp, possibly OTA's?

 

What negativity? GEEZE, in all seriousness I am not sure why you are calling it negative.

Thats like if I stated the moon wasn't made of cheese and you called that statement negative.

Sagan is saying what Shakespeare recognized in the Macbeth line "sound and fury signifying nothing".

We were nothing before we were born and we will be nothing when we die. Stating that as a fact does NOT negate any awe I see in life or the universe. All historical figures in human history will be as important as the majority that will go unknown, after our species goes extint. That is NOT fatalism, just a mere statement of fact.

Please correct me if I misunderstood you.

This poem is quite positive in that there are much better things to measure the world around us than our childish tribal fantasies.


 

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,.,.,.,

Hey Brian, I didn't even read the poem, I merely replied with my usual casual flippancy.

 

Go Redskins!

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