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We Are So Tiny

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“”Natural boundaries are not evidenced when we view the earth from space.  Fanatical ethnic or religious or national identifications are a little difficult to support when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.”

Carl Sagan

I worry about our country and our planet these days – especially these days – but am taking time to look at photos of planets in our solar system, reading about the cosmos and listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson, who for me boils down the immensity of Space and Time into something fathomable and understandable to my tiny brain.  Our species has been ruled by despots many times in many places and yet our species lives on.  Some folks better than others, but we live on.  Once our planet’s resources are used up by said despots our planet will pitch a tantrum and our time as a species will draw to a close and the insects will take over.  We are already knee deep into the 6th Extinction, I believe.  It’s an interesting time to be a human.

Love our Earth.

 

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“How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth,

with its swirling vaporous atmosphere,

its flowing and frozen climbing creatures,

the croaking things with wings that hang on rocks

and soar through the fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas.

How utterly rich and wild

yet some among us has the nerve,

the insolence, the brass, the gall to whine

about the limitations of our earthbound fate

and yearn for some more perfect world beyond the sky.

We are none of us good enough for the world we have

Edward Abbey