No, it’s not some new iPod or other MP3 player, it’s not the iPhone shuffle, and it’s not anything remotely about music. As much as I love making, listening to and writing about the true universal language, I like to look at the stars to remind myself how small Earth is as often as I can. If you ever needed evidence of how small we all are, here are a couple of examples:
Within the blue circle is Earth and everything on it, photographed from four billion miles away, in the reaches of space never seen by human eyes, by the Voyager I satellite. It was taken in 1990.
The article in which I found this amazing photograph had a great quote by Carl Sagan, the famous astronomer:
Of the “pale blue dot,” astronomer Carl Sagan said, “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.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself [from Futility Closet].
If you needed further proof of our Lilliputian size, watch this:
But even given how small we all are, don’t take what you have on this planet for granted: the marks we leave on this world have as great a significance to that world as a sun has on its planets. It’s just a matter of how you look at it all.
It’s late and I’m being melodramatic again; please forgive me.