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A pale blue dot
Picture of the planet Earth (the pale blue dot inside the circle) taken by Voyager 1, on 14 February 1990, before leaving the Solar System, aprox. 6.4 billion kilometers

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A Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan
If - Rudyard Kipling
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
A Pale Blue Dot
"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 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 another, how fervent their hatreds.

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."

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot 1994.

Un Punct Albastrui
Uita-te din nou la acel punct. Este aici. Este ceea ce numim casa. Sintem noi. Pe el sint toti cei pe care-i iubesti, toti cei pe care-i stii, toti cei de care ai auzit vreodata si fiecare fiinta omeneasca ce a trait vreo data. Totalitatea bucuriilor si suferintelor, nenumaratele religii, ideologii si doctrine economice, oricare vinator ori culegator, oricare erou si oricare las, oricare creator si distrugator de civilizatie, toti regii si toti robii, toti tinerii indragostiti, fiecare mama si tata, toti micutii cu aspiratiile lor copilaresti, toti inventatorii, exploratorii si invatatorii, toti politicienii corupti, toate vedetele si toti conducatorii supremi, fiecare sfint sau pacatos din istoria speciei noastre, au trait aici... pe un graunte the praf suspendat pe o raza de soare.

Pamintul este o scena infima in vasta arena cosmica. Gindeste-te la riurile de singe varsate de toti acei generali si imparati, pentru gloria si triumful de a stapini pentru o clipa o fractiune a acestui punct. Gindeste-te la nesfirsitele atrocitati savirsite de locuitorii unui colt al acestui punct asupra altora ce traiesc pe un alt colt, ce cu greu il poti distinge. Cit de frecvente sint neintelegerile lor, cu cita usurinta se omoara intre ei si cu cita patima se urasc.

Mindria, importanta pe care singuri ne-o dam, credinta ca am avea o pozitie privilegiata in Univers, sint contrazise de acest punct albastrui. Planeta noastra este un graunte insignifiant invelit in intunericul cosmic. In obscuritatea si vastitatea ce ne inconjoara, nu exista nici o dovada ca cineva ar veni sa ne salveze de noi insine.

Pamintul este singura lume de care stim deocamdata, ca poate sustine viata. Cel putin in viitorul previzibil, nu exista nici un alt loc in care specia noastra sa poata migra. Sa vizitam, da. Sa ne mutam, nu. Va place sau nu, pentru moment Pamintul este ultima frontiera.

Se zice ca astronomia te face sa fii umil si mai bun. Poate nu exista nici o demonstratie mai buna a desertaciunii intreprinderilor umane, decit aceasta imagine indepartata a lumii noastre microscopice. Pentru mine, ea subliniaza importanta de a fi mai toleranti unii cu altii, de a prezerva si de a iubi acest puct albastrui, singurul culcus pe care l-am avut vreo data.

Traducere de Gabriel Ditu (2012)

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