Carl Sagan, a Yoan Saint

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"We are a way for the Cosmos to know Itself"

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Saint Carl's Story of Everything:
Epistemology, cosmology, evolution, science

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Saint Carl & The Pale Blue Dot





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"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 a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary master of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is no where else, at least [for the foreseeable] future . . . 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."

——Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994                                



Sagan's vision of the evolutionary miracle of life on that pale blue dot.

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A Mystical Yoan Version of "A Pale Blue Dot"

Music: Job's Tears by Robin Williamson and the Incredible String Band

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In Carl's Own Voice:



If Carl Sagan's words strike a chord,
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson on The Most Astounding Fact about the Universe

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The Relative Size of Stars & Planets
(& PLuto ;-)

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And here's

(with a new ending, if you've seen this before ;-)

"O nourishing Sun, solitary traveler, controller, source of life for all creatures, spread your light and subdue your dazzling splendor so that I may see your blessed Self. Even that very Self am I!" (Isa Upanishad, 16)

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