Our Pale Blue Dot

Inspired by Carl Sagan’s speech/ except from his book of the same title: The Pale Blue Dot is a version of my Our Pale Blue Dot blog.

From a distance, our problems can be as tiny as dot and should not seem of particular burden. But for many, it is different. Consider that dot.  That’s a problem, that’s your burden, that’s pain. On it is a weak point trying to steal your joy, something you try to ignore, something that brings you bad dreams, everyone’s kryptonite. It is any question or matter involving doubt,uncertainty, or difficulty. The aggregate of pressure, suffering , from world business, politics, even to the tiniest worry of deciding onto things. In it maybe a thing, a person, a doubt, a debt, aquestion, puzzle, riddle, a mystery  that makes you uneasy. The lack of something, the exageration of one thing,  complications, disagreement, disputes, an issue, a mess, an enigma or amillion dollar question –  a thief that robs our happiness, a rust that coats our sanity.

A problem is a torment or suffering from disturbing thoughts that seems to affect all our being. Think of the people who breaks down, who goes to jail, who suffers sicknesses, worried,sleepless, without life direction. Think of the children on the streets, kids who get into drugs, a family living on hunger, people from different walks of life under different troubles. They sufferbecause of problems.  Moreover, lack of knowledge and strength to handle problems. They tend to gather thoughts, build worries,  and hitting a hard punch on the moon. They gather bundles of sticks to build bridge they never cross.

Picture yourself holding a paper with a small dot of ink, the other hand holding a magnifying glass looking at that increased attribute. It intensifies the area you are seeing, it dramatizes the feeling of its smallness, perhaps it is the only thing in the area of vision. Never knowing how bigger the space the paper has compared to that tiny small dot. And that unless you take a good distance to see that the dot is only a tiny speck on the vastness of the paper, you will never realize its worth.

It has been said that problems are obstances which makes it difficult to achieve a desired goal, – for me it is a challenge. There is perhaps no better way that to face and solve the issues that lies on it. It may highlight memories in our lives, brings pains when remembered but nothing can be solved if you leave a problem, it will stay as a fear that will haunt you when another of the same circumstances.It will only refer a situation, condition, or issue that is yet unresolved that will affect your life. A problem exists when an individual becomes aware of a significant dot in one’s life. But God’s words are promises, 1 Peter 5: 7 says Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Increase your knowledge, broaden your perspective and the problem is but a pale blue dot on the universe you are standing. View your problem not as a worry but a challege. A hundled load ofworry will not pay an ounce of debt. The Maker of the skies and stars, knows the beat and hears the breaking of your heart.

Life’s problems is matter of perspective. If you are too close to it, it may seem that big covering the whole space of what you can see. But like anything big, it can be just a pale blue dot in our lives from a distance. Remember, bigger is our God, our Creator, than anything created we can imagine.

Inspired by http://blog.jmlynch.org/2010/02/13/pale-blue-dot/ wordpress
Quoted Sagan’s thoughts on his Pale Blue Dot.
Meanings from wikipedia And dictionary.com
Quotes from quotegarden.com


The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 from a record distance, showing it against the vastness of space. By request of Carl Sagan, NASA commanded the Voyager 1 spacecraft, having completed its primary mission and now leaving the solar system, to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth. It was subsequently used by Sagan as the title of his 1994 book of the same name.

In a commencement address delivered May 11, 1996, Sagan related his thoughts on a deeper meaning of the photograph: (Which inspired my blog our Pale Blue Dot.

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again 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.

Sources: Wikipedia
View Carl Sagan’s  narration of this speech here