mahinaalexander

Photo by mahinaalexander. Taken at Planet Earth

🌎🖖🏾🤤🦋🙌🏽 | 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. - C.S

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samanthastrom
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Apr 22, 2017 7:08 am
moni.chat
moni.chat : 🌹all love. And truth. Xxxx I fucking miss you and love you harder for sharing this Heenz
Apr 22, 2017 7:08 am
nickgarros
nickgarros : fav piece of writing
Apr 22, 2017 7:15 am
captainpotter
captainpotter : I love you
Apr 22, 2017 7:16 am
haleighlovell
haleighlovell : Epic earth day post 🙏🏼✌🏼💫 This place is rad
Apr 22, 2017 7:17 am
sumsumslug
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Apr 22, 2017 7:27 am
flowerrealmz
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Apr 22, 2017 7:56 am
alliemichellel
alliemichellel : I love Carl Sagan. This is one of my favorite talks 🌎
Apr 22, 2017 8:33 am
coconeli
coconeli : Stunning 💙
Apr 22, 2017 8:43 am
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Apr 22, 2017 12:02 pm
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ianelfers : I admire your passion
Apr 22, 2017 12:32 pm
malina_barker
malina_barker : CARL😭
Apr 22, 2017 12:42 pm
baleixophoto
baleixophoto : • so true
Apr 22, 2017 13:00 pm
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dakotaagordon : Love this ❤️
Apr 22, 2017 13:31 pm
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piasoe : 💫✨
Apr 22, 2017 14:25 pm
mr.babies
mr.babies : ❤️❤️❤️
Apr 22, 2017 14:53 pm
caitiehodel
caitiehodel : still wish carl sagan was my dad
Apr 22, 2017 15:03 pm
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maddymartinb : Beautiful
Apr 22, 2017 16:18 pm
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Apr 22, 2017 16:50 pm
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lynnkouatly : caught u
Apr 22, 2017 18:24 pm
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tala.yamout : HAHAHAHAH dammit
Apr 22, 2017 18:28 pm
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theamanthakur : 👍🏽
Apr 22, 2017 18:29 pm
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ellasullivann : Woah
Apr 22, 2017 22:53 pm
bhendox
bhendox : I want to share the videoooo but can't get it to repost - where did you see it??
Apr 23, 2017 11:34 am
cameronsopa
cameronsopa : Earth is flat. There is no space or other planets. The stars are attached to the firmament. It's not gravity, it's density and mass. We are not a spec of dust in a cosmic arena. We are it. Earth is not an object therefore it has no edge. Earth is a realm.
Apr 23, 2017 19:48 pm
quihuis.inc
quihuis.inc : so cool
Apr 24, 2017 2:44 am
empowerhouseleadership
empowerhouseleadership : 🌍💛
Apr 26, 2017 8:30 am
loveandwildies
loveandwildies : 'Ahh I love earth and I can not stop eating animals but it is okay because I am rich; people will still think that it is cool...' It is so fake & inconsistent :/ "Humans–who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals–have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and “animals” is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them–without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeeling toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious.They are just too much like us”. C.S.
Jun 9, 2017 22:59 pm
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