#carlsagan

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  • asha_george 16w

    #poem #luck #fate #universe #carlsagan #inspiration

    A poem that I wrote on the thought-provoking quote by Carl Sagan

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    The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent - Carl Sagan

    If the universe was benign,
    The fawn would roam free -
    But the cubs of the lion
    Would stay hungry.

    If the universe was not merciful,
    Why would it provide,
    A planet so bountiful,
    For creatures to abide?

    The universe does not care,
    To decide our fate or destiny;
    Nor about our welfare,
    To be our friend or enemy.

    We are masters of our own fate,
    We simply have to try,
    We can choose to love or hate,
    On ourselves we must rely.

    ©asha_george

  • wordsfrommouth 35w

    The scientist, astronomer, and author, Carl Sagan, on the magic of books:

    #carlsagan #cosmos #books #quotes #magical

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    The Magic of Books

    "What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."
    ©wordsfrommouth

  • cote_kenye 57w

    “I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. I want to grow really old with my wife, Annie, whom I dearly love. I want to see my younger children grow up and to play a role in their character and intellectual development. I want to meet still unconceived grandchildren. There are scientific problems whose outcomes I long to witness—such as the exploration of many of the worlds in our Solar System and the search for life elsewhere. I want to learn how major trends in human history, both hopeful and worrisome, work themselves out: the dangers and promise of our technology, say; the emancipation of women; the growing political, economic, and technological ascendancy of China; interstellar flight. If there were life after death, I might, no matter when I die, satisfy most of these deep curiosities and longings. But if death is nothing more than an endless dreamless sleep, this is a forlorn hope. Maybe this perspective has given me a little extra motivation to stay alive. The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”

  • ladyry 92w

    Reality

    Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.

  • kajalpawar2911 107w

    "To make food from scratch I'll need a dead star".
    ©kajalpawar2911

  • katharsis 117w

    Just one of my favorite Carl Sagan quotes. ������

    #palebluedot #bookworm #carlsagan #SCIENCE #ASTRONOMY #SPACE #UNIVERSE #STARS #imhypedaf

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    Pale Blue Dot | Carl Sagan

    Look again at 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.

  • mmbftd 126w

    I should have learned

    I should have learned
    To read the night sky
    Constellations
    Messaging me
    Through the velvet blue
    Orion burning on
    Three times you let me see
    That Virgo
    Bent and needing rescue.
    And those that came before us
    Knew so much more
    A multitude of burning discs
    Shining on in cymatics
    Vibrating with creation
    Eminating epiphanies
    Straight at us
    Yet we do not see
    We do not even
    Raise our self centered heads to the sky
    The abyss filled with light and sounds
    So many questions
    Already answered.
    We are them and they are us
    Points of light and song
    If we are anything at all.
    Astrologically speaking
    There is so much more to see
    Yet the ancients saw it all
    Mapped it out
    To show us their significance
    And we look down on them
    As they looked up
    To see their inception
    Their song of birth
    Billions and billions and billions of worlds and more
    Like Carl said
    He wasn't wrong.
    And I look up
    At those mystical 3
    Orion's belt has always
    Mystified me
    It beckoned and tempted and enticed my soul
    Like a carrot on a stick
    Who is it calling to me from there?
    Across time's flat circle
    That spiral round and round and then here we are right next to each other all along
    A string of quantum theories
    Played like a symphony
    And I think its just me up there on that burning fire belt of frequencies
    I think I'm calling to myself to see
    Recognize
    That we are all unique points of light and music
    One and the same.
    And we've been here and there and everywhere
    At all moments
    Always.
    Its comforting to know
    I'd still take the time to say hello
    To myself from so far and yet so close.
    Maybe I'll take some time
    To learn to read our night sky.

    ©mmbftd

  • one_amidst_naught 152w

    In our obscurity, in all these vastness there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

    IT'S ALL UPTO US.

  • ash_writes_muses 207w

    The soothing yellow and the black, hand-written font represent a sunflower in the summer.

    #poem #poetry #quote #quotes #life #music #art #travel #solitude #explore #adventure #mirakee #writersnetwork #thebeatles #beatles #carlsagan #cosmos

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    Life as we know it.

    The world is exaggerated
    by common folk.
    It isn't the settled who
    belong in society,
    It is the cynical.
    Thus, all that you ever
    feel has been felt artificially.

    Those who understand the world.
    Create works of art.
    And within that art, is history from
    the start.

    Dialogue that sings,
    Music that speaks,
    Art that moves,
    Photos that hold you static,
    How love is automatic,
    Travel is finding yourself,
    Solitude is exploring.

    Carl Sagan,
    The Beatles,
    Ken Wong,
    My camera.

    Ha! Everything in life is boring,
    Without them.

    ©ashish_atat_thorat