For Small Creatures Such As We, The Vastness Is Bearable Only Through Love

NASA Earth Poster
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
                                                                   -Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan is one of my heroes. His perspective on life is at once extraordinary and humbling which leaves me feeling more connected to the universe and every being within it. His famous words about all of us being made from “the same star stuff” strikes to the heart of the division in this world. We ARE small creatures all made of the same stuff, we came from the same place, we call the same place home (Earth), and we go to the same place after death. All of the beings that inhabit this world have those things in common.

What we share shows us that these divisions we’ve created are imaginary; they’re not something tangible. They’re something located in the mind, making it easier to break down by acting from that place of love; a vibrational frequency within that nourishes and strengthens all that it comes into contact with.

We are but tiny blips on the gigantic timeline of earth, (barely visible to the eye if you actually plotted it out), and we spend it dividing, hating, suffering, and disrespecting every form of life. We should  unite and start loving, respecting, and exercising compassion to strengthen humanity and make the world healthy again. Everyone’s out for personal gain but when will we learn that we are at our strongest when our fellowmen are all healthy, respected, and loved. We are ALL taken care of when we take care of each other.

Below is a beautiful animated video from Joel Somerfield illustrating Carl Sagan’s humbling perspective of our place in this universe. It’s also quoted below if you can’t watch the video (but do, it’s lovely). I’ve also included a link to NASA’s “Tourism” Posters.They’re super rad and free to download.

“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 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 a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. 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. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

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 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 pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shannon Summers says:

    Lovely post 👏🏽👏🏽❤️❤️


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! ❤ ❤


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