Carl Sagan’s short video ‘Pale Blue Dot’ is a beautiful exposition of our little place in a huge cosmic field and touches the core of our essential responsibility as a species, towards the only home we have….
Palm-tree: single-legged giant,
topping other trees,
peering at the firmament –
It longs to pierce the black cloud-ceiling
and fly away, away,
if only it had wings.
The tree seems to express its wish
in the tossing of its head:
its fronds heave and swish –
It thinks, Maybe my leaves are feathers,
and nothing stops me now
from rising on their flutter.
All day the fronds the windblown tree
soar and flap and shudder
as though it thinks it can fly,
As though it wanders in the skies,
travelling who knows where,
wheeling past the stars –
And then as soon as the wind dies down,
the fronds subside, subside:
the mind of the tree returns.
To earth, recalls that earth is its mother:
and then it likes once more
its earthly corner.
Awareness is weightless baitless and cannot be caught
While the senses seduced reduced and very easily bought
There’s nothing to wait for really nothing at all more or less
Light goes on and on and on amidst humanity’s mess
Appreciation is better than happiness, beats it by miles
Happiness is diluted, superficialized with empty smiles
So much to value in motions sight sound taste and smell
As the dead poet said the mind is both heaven and hell