Pale Blue Dot


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison May 10, 2010 at 12:56 am .

    I wish it were so. But just last week on TV I heard the mealiest of mealy-mouthed pundits, George Will, in discussing the Gulf oil spill, say, "Accidents happen." Arrogance is alive and well, it seems….

  2. Gary B. Fitzgerald
    Gary B. Fitzgerald May 10, 2010 at 12:28 am .

    "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. 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

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison May 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm .

    I think you&#39;re right, Gary: we&#39;re all bemused…<br /><br />And Lute, the smallness of the Earth in the photo for me has nothing to do with (in-)significance. I think it&#39;s a wonder. The significant thing is what we do with and to the planet, with and to each other. The photo should warn us against hubris, not reduce all our thoughts and actions to absurdity.

  4. Lute
    Lute May 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm .

    what percentage of our brethren are capable of abandoning their hubris and embracing not only their own insignificance but that of the entire planet?

  5. Gary B. Fitzgerald
    Gary B. Fitzgerald May 9, 2010 at 2:51 am .

    .<br /> The Sea<br /><br /><br />Hundreds and scores of nations drawn upon the world,<br />a world so huge we could never see it all;<br />so many shapes and sizes and each with flags unfurled,<br />exotic places, far away and strange,<br />mysterious lands across the sea with unfamiliar names.<br />And I suppose that my home, too, is far away<br />and strange to

  6. vazambam
    vazambam May 8, 2010 at 7:39 am .

    Joe,<br /><br />Thanks for reminding us not to forget where we are in the scheme of things!

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