This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
Republicans need to get out and vote in the mid-terms of 2022 and take back the power from the Democrats.
Revisiting The Pale Blue Dot We All Live On
Most of us go about our lives engrossed in the everyday cacophony that represents being alive in modern society. We worry over meeting the bills, what the city council might decide on a certain zoning issue, who the President will be in 2024, and who will win the all-important, Army-Navy game. We revel in our own perceived importance as we ascend corporate, military, or political ladders. Sometimes, it might be good to step away from all of that and allow ourselves to consider a much broader perspective.
Today, I would humbly offer you one such perspective. 44 years ago, on September 5, 1977, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched Voyager 1, a deep space probe designed to study the outer Solar System. This engineering marvel using technology developed in the sixties and early seventies performed far better than our wildest expectations. When I first researched this, a little over two years ago, Voyager was over 13.6 Billion miles from Earth, the farthest of any device ever launched by man…and was still responding to commands from Earth.
By 1990, Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and was heading out of the Solar System. However, the lonely device was to be tasked with one more hugely significant mission. Astronomer Car Sagan prevailed upon NASA to have the spacecraft take a “family portrait” of the planets in the solar system, including Earth. The 60-image set was taken on Valentine’s Day, 1990, and then transmitted to earth, each “bit” of digital information taking over 5 hours to get home to us.
Solar System Portrait — 60 Frame Mosaic, NASA/JPL
The one showing Earth is the subject of a book by Sagan. You can’t see that picture and read his words, and then logically conclude that this all “just happened” on its own. In Sagan’s own words:
We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.
The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every 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.
As we enjoy this Sunday, our day of rest and devotion, let us all consider outer place in this vast Universe God has created. Yes, we can strive to be the best teacher, businessman or Soldier. We can aspire to high political office or being a sports superstar. But in the end, we still live on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! -Psalms 8:3-9**
Re-Posted With Permission From Mike Ford