Carl Sagan is one of the most prolific astronomers and astrophysicists of our time. In this video, he narrates a most prolific quote - and it’s autotuned. A beautiful piece and some incredibly profound words.
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’ve 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 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 a mote of dust. Suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Thick are 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 indistinguishable 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. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot.
The only home we’ve ever known.
— Carl Sagan