Friday, November 16, 2007

The Blue Dot 

A warm response to Nick Cleggs tribute to the influence of his mother (part of his ‘five books’ posting over on LibDem Voice). Nick's family connections come from the same time and place as mine – the Europe of the great disasters of the last century - and this speaks to me.

The Blue Dot speech by Carl Sagan is worth linking to in full … originally a commencement address for graduating students..

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.

Regardless of our current differences in our own little dot on the dot, we are all on the same Liberal Adventure to chose life more abundantly.

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