Dust, Sunbeams and a Pale Blue Dot… Home to Us

Dear Reader:

I can think of no better way to end Earth Day Week and it’s invaluable lessons, than with Carl Sagan and a discovery made by Voyager 1 on Valentine’s Day 1990.

Everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you have ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives, on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam. ”

What the camera within the Voyager I saw from a distance of 6 billion kilometers away-the crew dubbed Earth… the ” Pale Blue Dot.” Earth was caught up in a spectrum of a sunbeam that reflected into the camera.

After Carl Sagan first witnessed the famous picture…he said he was never the same again in his new revelation of its and our existence and was more deeply aware and insightful of man’s place in the universe.

He wanted humanity to see Earth’s vulnerability and how our ” home ” is just a tiny fragile speck in the cosmic world. As stewards we must respect all the life-giving gifts given us. We are special because Earth is alive with humanity and we must all work daily to keep this unique gift of life.

So on Oct 13 1994… Carl Sagan gave his most memorial speech ( titled ” The Pale Blue Dot”) at Cornell University. Here are some excerpts…

“Our posturings , our imagined importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe are challenged by this point of pale light.

…To me it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another, to preserve and cherish our pale blue dot… the only home we’ve ever known.”

So until tomorrow… Wow! Mind boggling! Can’t help but think that Carl Sagan is now witness to his greatest adventure into the unknown with all his earthly questions answered. ( Or as Betty White learned from her mother while attending funerals of loved ones… her mother always commented ” Well now he/ she knows the secret.” Betty White always referred to death and dying as the ” Great Secret ” revealed! She didn’t fear death… because the answers to life were waiting on her.)

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Let’s Save God’s Beautiful World Together! !

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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