Sunday, December 07, 2014

The Pale Blue Dot

This video is worth watching. It's a wake-up call for humanity. It also explains why I harbour lots of sadness and discouragement, and why I shake my head vehemently at the behaviour of some people.

"There's so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones"

From Brothers in arms by Dire Strait (lyrics by Mark Knopfler)



4 comments:

  1. Ceejay, I have spent 65 years on this blue thing and am fond of it, but I still don't understand why some movements of evil memory were allowed to go too far while others, in search of happiness and fairness and tolerance, run out of land. I figure peace is an individual adjustment that never stops being made, needs constant maintenance and I sure miss Carl Sagan.

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    1. Fully understand what you're saying, Geo. I think as a society, we seem to revel in chaos. Take love, for example... The media idolizes the crazy lust-filled topsy-turvy romantic ideal but shuns the gentler, committed love that comes from cultivating understanding and compassion. Until humanity grows out of its throes of adolescence, chaos will reign supreme.

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  2. Great video; it reminds me of a quote by Douglas Adams:
    "We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it."
    This is how you get the attention of humans: tell them their survival depends on taking care of the earth and each other. Of course it's easy to point and wag the finger at others instead of starting where I need to - which is with myself.

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    1. Agreed. If we all did our part then the world would be a better place. Nothing wrong with a little self-reflection (as long as it doesn't become self-absorption). A lot of times though, people are too busy getting involved in other people's lives to stop and take a good long look at their own. I think subconsciously, they're too afraid to do so.

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