Specks and the pale blue dot

Every once a while, I find it helpful to remind myself that we are specks in a massive universe. We won’t register in the grand scheme of things. And, our worries of the moment are completely inconsequential.

This reminder is both liberating and powerful.

It reminds me of Carl Sagan’s incredible note describing the “pale blue dot.”

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.”