When you look at this photo, do you see the spectacular rings of saturn . . .


Day the Earth Smiles from Saturn - NASA


. . .or the tiny dot that is earth

That’s us,  half-way between the haze at the bottom and the first faint, but sharp, ring.  The brightest star in the heavens, from this perspective.


“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.”

–  Carl Sagan,1934-1996, cosmologist  –


What’s Great About this?

We, as humans, can change our perspective.  Sometimes it isn’t easy – we had to send a spacecraft to saturn to get this particular perspective.   Imagine how much easier it is to shift our perspective from whatever troubles us to the beauty of the planet we can see at our feet and to the stars and planets that surround us.


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