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Friday, March 20, 2009

Who speaks for Earth?

For those who cannot see the video

This is an excerpt from the final episode of Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
Partial transcript as follows:

…How would we explain all this to a dispassionate extra terrestrial observer?


What account would we give of our stewardship, of the planet Earth?

We have heard the rational offered by the superpowers

We know who speaks for the Nations

But who speaks for the Human species?

Who speaks for Earth?

See Full transcript in the comments

What account will we give?
What account can we give?

Our legacy will speak for itself

Therefore
I do
I speak for earth

I welcome all citizens
Everywhere
To join me in this endeavor

I encourage everyone
Everywhere
To watch this series

What account will we give?
What account can we give?

Our legacy will speak for itself

10 comments:

Shubhajit said...

yes! our legacy will say. But don't you think everything happens in a very calculated way..look at the earth, it is deteriorating and diminishing from the starting of the existence. There are people who can think deep and there are people who are satisfied with the cakes and pancakes of earthly life. Both are required, otherwise Earth stops moving.

How much me, you or say anybody try, he or she can't be changed by external stimuli. The change comes from inside. Day by day I'm realizing that everything is destined, perfect calculation, earth, universe, me you everything. We need to do work in spite of thinking consequences and rest will be take care automatically.

I love the way you use will and can.

human being said...

your words touch deep as always...

like Shubhajit i liked the way you said a lot just by changing 'will' to 'can'...

i do speak too... Bobbb...

and Shubhajit... me too have always believed that change comes from within... this proves that our decisions matter... our free will makes a difference...
then how can everything be destined...
if we want, we can save the earth... if we continue to be ignorant of our relation to mother earth, then... we will kill her for sure...
we choose our destiny...

Jon said...

Hi bobb

been a while hey?

I've been quite busy (i know that's not an excuse or anything) and i haven't been keeping up with the blogs as much as I'd like... how have you been?

i'm happy that you're still fighting for the earth, giving it a voice... the earth needs us to speak up...

see ya soon,

Jon

Jon said...

p.s. the video you recommend i can't pick up here in Canada? what's the title so I can look it up?

Miladysa said...

I can't watch the video either - I'm in the UK.

Honour said...

It is late, and I have no philosophical thoughts to offer ... but instead I say -- it is nice to see your words on the screen in front of me dear Bobb.

blessings

Citizen of Earth said...

My apologies – I did not know there was a restriction on this website based on national boundaries
However the fact that there is only emphasizes the point

I posted this because I did not think I could express this sentiment any more clearly or with such rational eloquence.

There will be an upcoming post on Carl Sagan and the astounding effect he had on my life
I strongly recommend his series “Cosmos” as necessary viewing for all citizens of Earth

Produced in the 70’s – it is just as relevant today, perhaps even more so.

Meanwhile – I leave you with this quote, which picks up after a discussion about global priorities – and the annual Trillion dollar plus international arms budget.


“…How would we explain all this to a dispassionate extra terrestrial observer?
What account would we give of our stewardship, of the planet Earth?

We have heard the rational offered by the superpowers
We know who speaks for the Nations

But who speaks for the Human species?

Who speaks for Earth?

From an extra terrestrial perspective our global civilization is clearly on the edge of failure, in the most important task it faces, preserving the lives and well being of its citizens, and the future habitability of the planet.

But if we are willing to live with the growing likelihood of nuclear war, shouldn’t we also be willing to explore vigorously, every possible means to prevent nuclear war?

Shouldn’t we consider in every nation, major changes in the traditional ways of doing things, a fundamental restructuring, of economic, political, social and religious institutions?

We have reached a point where there can be no more “special interests” or “special cases”.
Nuclear arms threaten every person on the Earth

Fundamental changes in society are sometimes labeled as impractical, or contrary to human nature.
As if nuclear war were practical, or as if there were only one human nature.

But fundamental changes can clearly be made
We are surrounded by them

In the last two centuries abject slavery, which was with us for thousands of years, has almost entirely been eliminated in a stirring world wide revolution.
Women, systematically mistreated for millennia are gradually gaining political and economic power traditionally denied them.
And some wars of aggression have recently been stopped or curtailed because of a revulsion felt by the people living in the aggressor nations.

The old appeals to racial, sexual and religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalist fervor are beginning not to work
A new consciousness is developing, which sees the Earth as a single organism, and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed.

We are one planet. “

adee said...

she is an old wise woman, fallen on bad days, and her children have all left her, cruel in their ways, and when she cries for her long lost hearth, who'll speak for her scarred heart...she is an old wise woman, fallen on bad days, and her children can only save her, that is, if they mend their ways...

Citizen of Earth said...

Well said Adee, only her children can save her now...

Good to see you here again

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