Un pálido punto azul

Hace un par de días escribí una entrada en la que les recomendaba la traducción de las recuerdos que Nick Sagan había escrito en su blog sobre su padre Carl, hoy les traigo una entrada que había publicado hace algún tiempo en mi antiguo blog, la entrada tal como la escribí en su momento se encuentra después del salto.

El 14 de febrero de 1990, después de haber completado su misión principal, la NASA ordenó a la sonda Voyager 1que diera media vuelta para tomar fotografías de los planetas del sistema solar. Una de las fotos tomadas por la Voyager mostraba un pálido punto azul, ese punto es la Tierra, nuestro hogar.

El 11 de mayo de 1996, durante una conferencia, Carl Sagan relató sus pensamientos sobre el profundo significado de la fotografía.

“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.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. 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. 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.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Y si esas palabras no les parecieron muy impactantes, este video es aún más impactante y conmovedor.

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Una respuesta to “Un pálido punto azul”

  1. alex3.0 Says:

    Simplemente hermoso


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