Pale Blue Dot

I first heard of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot while taking a Systematic Theology course. distinctly remember his book being vilified for ‘demeaning’ humanity as so small and inconsequential. Though I never fully bought into that point of view as a student, upon my de-conversion, I found an enhanced sense of appreciation for Sagan’s words.

I hesitate to beat the dead horse of morality without a god, but when I de-converted I had to take reassess my paradigm of humanity. Sagan puts things into perspective, I think: “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.” He expresses wisdom about how sadly humans often interact with one another, “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.”

And yet he finds reason for hope, “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.”

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