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kp98
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11/10/2015 6:47:02 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
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The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. 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. Think of the 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.

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dee-em
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11/11/2015 12:48:49 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Many people lack the imagination to see past their little fraction of that pixel. I sincerely believe that if they had a true appreciation of the size of the cosmos and how insignificant our little blue dot is in it, then the Abrahamic faiths would die out very quickly. The universe is vast beyond reckoning and totally indifferent to the self-replicating organisms which have coated the surface of one tiny piece of rock in one nondescript corner of one galaxy amongst billions of others. To think otherwise is the epitome of hubris.
dee-em
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11/11/2015 12:53:39 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
"How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?" Instead they say, "No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way." A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths."
--- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
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11/12/2015 2:40:36 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/11/2015 12:48:49 AM, dee-em wrote:
Many people lack the imagination to see past their little fraction of that pixel. I sincerely believe that if they had a true appreciation of the size of the cosmos and how insignificant our little blue dot is in it, then the Abrahamic faiths would die out very quickly. The universe is vast beyond reckoning and totally indifferent to the self-replicating organisms which have coated the surface of one tiny piece of rock in one nondescript corner of one galaxy amongst billions of others. To think otherwise is the epitome of hubris.

"We have not been given the lead in this cosmic drama."
- Carl Sagan

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