Carl Sagan (co-founder of SETI- Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) typed this inspiring message when Voyager (our first ever spacecraft to cross the solar system) turned to take a last look at Earth from Pluto. So, whenever we are wont to join the fray around nationality, community, groupism, political or religious differences, personal or professional pettiness, here’s a beautiful reminder…
“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 sum of our joy and suffering, thousands of 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 saint and sinner in the history of our species has lived here – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experience. There is perhaps no better example 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. That familiar shade of blue, interrupted here and there by fleecy white clouds, is a signature of our world. The French have an expression, sacre-bleu or sacred blue! Indeed. If there ever is a true flag of Earth, this should be its color.”
Bhaskar Dutta is a self-help author and IT specialist based in London.