If you want to put your existence in the universe into perspective, watch this:
This is a quote by physicist Carl Sagan regarding the mind-blowing image taken by Voyager 1 as it left the solar system, often referred to as “The Pale Blue Dot”:
For those of you who have scrolled straight past the video for one reason or another (seriously, you’re missing out), This photograph might not look all that exciting. But take a closer look. In the sunbeam on the far right (the light brown one), about halfway down, you may notice a small dot which looks a little out of place.
Any idea what that dot is? Well, that’s Earth, as viewed from 4 billion kilometres away.
I think if everyone in the world took a moment to take this photo in and to watch the video above, they would think twice about hurting people, starting wars and taking our lonely little planet for granted. The human race as a whole all co-exist on that single, solitary dot in the middle of nowhere, lost and alone in a vast universe so large we can’t even begin to comprehend it’s size.
This photo also challenges the idea that we hold a special place in the universe. While we can’t know for certain whether or not we do, it’s pretty clear to see that we are insignificant when compared to everything else in existence. No, we are but a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. However, what is special is how we can hold such an insignificant place in the universe, yet we can understand it so greatly. We have the ability to perceive the universe beyond our home and know its laws and its wonders alike. It proves that no matter how small you are, you still have the power to be something great, and that is something we should all think about.
This photo and this quote, in my opinion, have the power to change the world… If only everyone would listen.