NASA/JPL Earth seen from Voyager 1…6 million miles away from home.
“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 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…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.”
quotes from Cosmos, “The Pale Blue Dot”, Carl Sagan.
I was born, and lived my youth in an age…a golden age in America…where hope, inspiration and dreaming vision bubbled and rose to the surface in times that are singularly unparalleled in the eternal, ancient saga of our Human life force on this earth. Shining and unbelievably unique in our ever valiant and courageous endless journey of the Human mind and soul, they will endure in legendary memory as priceless, unforgettable moments of incomparable magnificence and glory where as one life force we reached for the stars.
That age of glory, vision and hope has fallen behind us now. You and I wander in desperate, fearful and besieged lives today. Burdened to the limits of our own private, vulnerable lives, events and systems have conspired to capture and disassemble that once dreaming human evolution to the stars and a higher consciousness. And we have become no longer enthralled, inspired and challenged by the impossible, but are now running scared and terrified for our lives themselves, and for the biosphere and fragile envelope of mother Earth that has been our sacred home and sanctuary for all of Human existence.
Instead of a golden age of visionary hope for the future and a dream where impossible things like walking on the moon, peace on Earth and a “logical simplicity” and Unity of all Universe can come true, we now spend our lives in terror, mindless inhumanity and hopelessness where nothing seems golden and shining any more. Captured and besieged we stumble through our lives lost in darkness. Like driven animals we show little semblance or signs of those evolving, ebullient and renegade humans of earth that once reached for the stars. And in these crafted and difficult times we are so broken, fractured and lost… and sadly, are now are so much easier to control and enslave.
But deep within us all the fire still rages. We are on the run, and in these desperate times everything seems to be unraveling and disintegrating all around us. But we come from legendary stock. We carry and embody something truly magnificent. Through the ages the finest essence we are shows itself when it seems there is no way out…no way to survive. But we do. And we have. The unbelievable facts are there. We overcome. We triumph. We survive. Deep within us we never stop reaching for the stars…for a better world. So, perhaps we should recognize and understand that although there are some dreams that are now dying around us.
The Human dream lives on. And it will never die.