The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot video had a bigger impact on me than the Hubble Deep Field video. Deep into space, on NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft captured a picture of Earth deep in space, about 3.7 billion miles away. Though, our home appeared not as a giant home as we see it, but as a small blue dot. Our once seemingly large home, in the entirety of the universe, is nothing more than a tiny speck floating in the cosmos. “That’s here, that’s home. That’s us, on it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve heard of, and every human being there ever was” was in that small dot. This video is very inspiring to me because it gives us a very good idea of what we are doing to ourselves. Earth, in a large solar system in our eyes, which is just 1 in over millions and millions of other solar systems, all with the potential of harnessing life, but none with the potential to save us from our selves. It shows how precious and how spectacularly lucky we are to live and die on a planet that satisfies every single one of our needs. That dot is our only home, that every organism has that right to live and share on the planet. Yet we are destroying ourselves, our homes. Even if we do end moving to another planet. How long will it last before our chaos is cast upon it and it gets destroyed by us too? This video teaches us we as the human species, should cherish and live peacefully together and protect our planets so billions and billions more of us can share it too. So that in all of the vastness of space, all the galaxies, we would only need Earth, our home. “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan.

 

 

1 Comment

  1. I love this post, Daniel. You are thoughtful, and you cited really meaningful and lovely parts of the video. Thanks for this and thanks for being so great!

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