At The Chabot Observatory

Tonight, from an observatory up in the Oakland hills, we gazed upon the heavens. After the sky went dark and the stars came out, we looked through the telescope to see beyond. Such wonder. I have always gotten such great comfort from the vastness. It puts in perspective all things. It brings me peace. And though I am but one life so small amongst the all...too big beyond imagining...I get to be here for a time...I get to be and breathe and dream...And I am so madly in love with it all...So in love with life...And grateful...for...everything...

 

"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…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.

[It is]…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