The Pale Blue Dot
Who are we? What do we believe in? What do we stand for? When questions are turned inward towards ourselves these can be the most difficult to answer. Many of us are used to trying to find our places amongst others.
When Voyager 1 had gone past Neptune and was leaving the solar system, American astronomer and scientist Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn the satellite around and take one last picture of Earth. The photograph was named The Pale Blue Dot.
Carl Sagan spoke and said that for us, every person we know, every corrupt politician, every young couple in love, everyone who has lived, loved, fought and laughed all existed on a single spec of dust that is suspended in a sunbeam. Upon looking at this photograph many people have the startling realization of insignificance and smallness. It’s the realization that we are the tiniest part of something larger.
After this realization many people often go in one of two directions. Either people believe that nothing really matter and have a “who cares” sort of attitude or they believe that everything matters and believe that whatever I can affect in my own small way then I will. This could be the most important question one could ask themselves. Does nothing matter or does everything matter?
We create ripples wherever we go so be conscious of it and be aware of it. Create ripples that matter. I don’t know where I will be in 5 years from now and I don’t even know where I’ll be in 5 weeks from now but what I do know know is that every single thing that I will create will be from a place of love and happiness. I will strive to find that impossible connection in the places that it seems most difficult to find.