We needed you this year, Carl.
Rarely have Sagan-esque musings been more poignant than today. Pale Blue Dotwas Sagan’s 1994 look at humanity from a distant vantage point. Really distant. Precisely where I wish I were just now. But no, I won’t quote THAT passage (“Look again at that dot…“); you can read it here. Those iconic words have overshadowed many other treasures in the glorious book, which once prompted me to pull together Pale Blue Dot‘s most timely excerpts. Some of them seem apropos to Day One of America’s new nightmare.
Above all, here’s Sagan’s seemingly unheard message to America:
Uncommon strength of character is needed to resist the blandishments of those who assure us that we have an obvious, even God-given, superiority over our fellows.
We’re going to have to figure out how to grow that uncommon strength in ourselves and more Americans in the coming days.
Sagan found it useful to imagine viewing Earth from space through the eyes of space-faring alien beings, so let’s begin… <snip>
When you consider the power of this viewpoint, it’s no surprise that Republicans have been been trying to defund NASA programs that study Earth from space. I think we know where that’s headed starting today. The last thing Trump will want, once he’s this Pale Blue Dot’s most powerful man, is for Earthlings to have any more Blue Marble epiphanies.