A Message From Carl Sagan

In the United States, yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving. There is so much that I am thankful for. I live a privileged life in the most privileged nation in the world. My rights are pretty safe and secure. My life is rarely in any direct danger. My property is relatively security from damage or theft.

This is not true of everyone worldwide. This is not even true of everyone in the United States. Tomorrow, it might not be true for me either. We must work to better our world, with every resource we have available to us. We must strive not for profit, not for power, but for peace and prosperity for all people, all creatures, all over the world.

In that vane, here is a call to action from the late great Carl Sagan. Listen and heed his words well.

“Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours. In every one of them, there’s a succession of incidence, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition, or greed, or stupidity we can plunge our world into a darkness deeper than time between the collapse of classical civilization and the Italian Renaissance. But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe, and to carry us to the stars.”

-That is all.

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