Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time.
Which aspects of our nature will prevail is uncertain, particularly when our visions and prospects are bound to one small part of the small planet Earth.
Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don't have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen…
I posted this under another username a few years back, but it gives a bit of insight into the man and, well, repost. I was working as an AV nerd with my friend at the Sundance Film Institute in Utah and they were hosting an international conference on greenhouse gas emissions with soviet scientists. Sagan was there and being the kind of guy he was, he made himself available to anyone who wanted to talk to him, even lowly help like me and my friend.
Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring — not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we're down the next day. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning.Exactly the same technology can be used for good and for evil.It is as if there were a God who said to us, “I set before you two ways: You can use your technology to destroy yourselves or to carry you to the planets and the stars.Sagan to the next event, my friend asked me "Say how many hamburgers do you think Mc Donalds has sold? The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.Carl Sagan (1934–1996) was an American astronomer who did much to popularize science, especially astronomy, during his illustrious career.He co-wrote and presented Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, a television series that kicked ass.Our contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory, of falling from a great height.We know we are approaching the grandest of mysteries.