Cleaning out some books to be given to the local library, the back of Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos caught my attention.

“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 or 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


You are here

The Earth as imaged from the Voyager 1 spacecraft, as it exited the solar system in 1990.  Earth is nearly 4 billion miles away in this image.

Helps to be mindful of this when contemplating the sheer gravity of the universe, or when dwelling on our personal issues and problems. It keeps things in perspective. All of our reality is just a speck in that. Remember the thumb and little finger.That’s crazy big, yo.


1. See Isaiah 40:12