Carl Sagan talks about the human species and our place in the Universe.

The common denominator between all humans is; at the core of our being we are pure energy. A person that nurtures and grows their energy becomes a Radiant Luminous Being. This is the direction of our evolution. Through the writings of Carlos Castaneda an old shaman named Don Juan Matus tells us about forces in the cosmos that is preying on the human species and preventing us from becoming our true self.

We were hunters and foragers. The frontier was everywhere. We were bounded only by the earth, the ocean, and the sky. The open road still softly calls. Our little, terraqueous globe as the madhouse of those hundred, thousand, millions of worlds. We, who cannot even put our own planetary home in order, riven with rivalries and hatreds. Are we to venture out into space? By the time we’re ready to settle even the nearest other-planetary systems, we will have changed.

The simple passage of so many generations will have changed us. Necessity will have changed us. We’re…an adaptable species. It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri and the other nearby stars. It will be a species very like us, but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses. Confident, farseeing, capable, and prudent. For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallabilities, we humans are capable of greatness.

What new wonders, undreamt of in our time, will become wrought in another generation? And another.How far will our nomadic species have wandered by the end of the next century? And the next millenium? Our remote descendants safely arrayed on many worlds in the solar system and beyond, will be unified by their common heritage, by their laggard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that whatever life may be the only humans in all the universe, come from earth.

They will gaze up in strain to find the blue dot in their skies. They will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of raw potential once was. How perilous our infancy. How humble our beginnings. How many rivers we had to cross before we found our way.”

An extremely deep and poetic view of humans by the intuitive and genius mind of Carl Sagan. His last breath marked the end of a great time for science.

 

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