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Sat Sep 13, 2014, 11:40 AM

Some inspiration from Carl Sagan

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Reply Some inspiration from Carl Sagan (Original post)
cleanhippie Sep 2014 OP
BrotherIvan Sep 2014 #1
Ron Obvious Sep 2014 #2
onager Sep 2014 #3
awoke_in_2003 Sep 2014 #5
Curmudgeoness Sep 2014 #4
Gelliebeans Sep 2014 #6
trotsky Sep 2014 #8
Gelliebeans Sep 2014 #9
defacto7 Sep 2014 #7
RussBLib Sep 2014 #10

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sat Sep 13, 2014, 03:00 PM

1. Nice drawings, but sadly ironic

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sat Sep 13, 2014, 03:43 PM

2. Carl Sagan will always get a rec from me.

That man was a poet. His time was too short.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 13, 2014, 06:13 PM

3. Me too. At my old job...

His "Pale Blue Dot" poster was framed and hanging in one of our conference rooms.

For a while, anyway. Went in for a meeting one day and it was gone...replaced by A NO-GODDAMNED THOMAS KINKADE PAINTING! WTF? Boy, that pissed me off.

So for those who may have never seen it, here's the text. A simple search will find the original poster and the text. I never get tired of reading this:

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 masters 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 nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. 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

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Response to onager (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 13, 2014, 07:46 PM

5. Even a "motivational" poster

 

would have been less of an insult than being replaced by a Kinkade.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sat Sep 13, 2014, 07:07 PM

4. Wishful thinking.

I also would like to believe that there is more than just this life. But I can't.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 12:41 AM

6. I would like Albert Brooks

Version of an afterlife.

His movie "Defending your Life" where one can horseback ride, play tennis and golf because it's always 72 and sunny.

You wear a "tupa" and you can visit the past-life pavilion with Shirley McClain as your tour guide. Eating as much and as often as you want.....without the guilt. Ha!

The price for all this luxury?

Being assigned an attorney (Rip Torn) and defending your life to see if you are worthy to go on to heaven.

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Response to Gelliebeans (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 12:45 PM

8. I need to see that movie.

Have heard many good things about it!

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Response to trotsky (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 01:11 PM

9. I went out specifically to buy it

One of my all time favorites along with Princess Bride (in that genre)
If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 03:11 AM

7. Carl..

I miss him very much. The world need Carl.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 03:54 PM

10. Carl is one of my heroes

In fact, I have commissioned an artist friend of mine to produce a 2' x 3' drawing of Carl. We had some extra bucks and I decided to produce a 1-of-a-kind artpiece of Carl Sagan. I expect delivery by the end of September.

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