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Carl Sagan - The Pale Blue Dot (The Sagan Series) (Repository)

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From this distant vantage point, the earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again 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. The aggregate of our joy and 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 superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there. On the 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 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. The earth is the only world know 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, it underscores 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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Duration: 3 minutes and 46 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Reid Gower
Director: Reid Gower
Views: 54
Posted by: tzmgermany on Nov 16, 2013

The Sagan Series is an educational project working in the hopes of promoting scientific literacy in the general population. Created by ReidGower - mirrored from: http://youtu.be/923jxZY2NPI - This is the repository-section. You can help translating this video here: http://dotsub.com/view/039b2230-f48e-4a02-820c-66661107ea57

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