Pale Blue Dot

May 2, 2012 in Futurism, Provocative, Raves by

This is a quote from Carl Sagan which comes from a photograph transmitted back from Voyager 1 as it is hurtling out of our solar system and catches it’s last glimpse of earth.

This quote always blows my mind. It’s not just Sagan’s peculiar voice or pace, but also the concept that the sheer scale of human endeavour is wholly limited to a ‘mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’.

It is a truly provocative notion. While coaching I often confront a client with their own mortality, to challenge their sense of self and purpose, this is a whole new idea. That pale blue dot is so alone, so fragile, and it’s bigger than everything I’ve ever been able to care about.

Your thoughts? Do ideas like this inspire you or scare you?

Below is a video/audio recording of the quote.