The Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan

Posted on November 26, 2014

The Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan

It’s not that hard to end up in a Lonely, Dark Place. Every year, some one million human souls, world wide, choose to end their lives. That’s one, every forty seconds. By 2020, the World Health Organisation estimate that to increase to one every twenty seconds. It’s hard for me to even begin to grasp the scale of unhappiness. We are talking an intensity of pain, that goes beyond human abilities to comprehend. An Ocean of suffering.

Nonetheless, we who have been touched by the devastating loss of loved ones, we survivors, we grimly roll up our sleeves, and we embrace you. If you don’t already know him, let me introduce you to a man whom many of us love. We love him for his words, but we also love him for a shining quality that permeated his life. His name is Carl Sagan, and his quality was his sincerity. His compassion for his fellow beings ennobled us all somehow. His words, as inscribed above, raise our eyes up from the mud. And we see the stars.

Here is a video, and if you have not already seen it, you are in for a treat. If you have seen it, I ask you to nonetheless watch it again. And reflect, with me, on the haunting enormity of the Mystery of Our Lives.

Enjoyed that? Not even remotely on the same level, but, confession: Yeah, I blog about this kind of stuff as well. The mystery of things. How it all works. Or doesn’t. Trouble is, I’m a bit of a Klutz. Uh-huh. As you will see in this (true) story, set on a Taiwanese Tuna Boat, steaming across the Pacific Ocean.

A Blip on the Radar (Part 10) “Burning the garbage; Moggy, Moggy, what you DO…?? “

(sigh…) Noooo

go back to list of possible Tunnels Out? Fly

go back to Index? Smile

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