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".
Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996).
A bit of an oxymoronic comment if you ask me. Are we significant or not? Is he trivialising the rivers of blood, endless cruelties, in the overall scheme of things? So we inhabit on a cosmic scale, a
fraction of a dot, one corner of this pixel… Yes, we know. Douglas Adams told us; The universe is big Really big. It may seem like a long way to the
corner chemist, but compared to the Universe, that’s peanuts".
However, what real relevance to us is that? The bottom line is that here, on this little pixel, is where we are, here we live out our tiny cosmically insignificant lives, and leave our meaningless legacies of bloody conquests endless cruelties, and glorious achievements, There is nowhere else. And no forseeable way that any of us will ever live anywhere else.
So what the hell was that comment all about? We are here. Here is all we will ever be.
And what we do here is really important. To us.