• Sylvie

The Pale Blue Dot

Excerpt from the App "Fabulous" The astronomer Carl Sagan gave us a gift. As the spacecraft Voyager was leaving orbit, never to return, he said: "Wait... Turn it around for just one moment...

Let's see ourselves from that...far...away."

For the first time in history, a photograph was mapped that showed the earth as a "pale blue dot" in a shaft of light against unending darkness. Sigh. Sagan later wrote, "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...every hero and coward...every creator and destroyer...every king and peasant...every young couple in love ...every mother and father, every hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a note of dust suspended in a sunbeam." But there is a treasure far greater than these. It is hidden somewhere on the map of this beautiful landscape. It is an answer only you know. What do you want to do with your time on this pale blue dot?


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