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 The aggregate of our joy and suffering thousands of confident religions ideologies and economic doctrines every hunter and forager every hero and coward every cre ator 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 a 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 em- perors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot Think of the end less 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 known so far to harbor life There is nowhere else at least in the near future to which our spe- cies 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 charac- ter-building experience There is perhaps no better demon- stration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world To me it underscores our responsi- bility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot the only home we've ever known May 11 1996 Carl Sagan Today would have been the 82nd birthday of Carl Sagan Let's not let him down Although the world may sometimes seem hopeless we should never stop fighting for what's right Meme

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