The Cosmic Perspective


The best way to begin understanding the Cosmic Perspective is to reflect on the picture above and a well-known quote by Carl Sagan. 25 years ago, Voyager 1 took a picture of earth from the far reaches of our solar system. This picture and insight from Sagan opened the minds of many to the vastness and nature of this universe of which we belong.

“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.”

I feel it is beneficial for humanity going forward to embrace this understanding. The Cosmic Perspective is an awareness of the universe, in all of its magnificence, and our place within it. It’s a viewpoint that puts everyone on planet in the same boat, or as Dr. Sagan said, the same “mote”. We are all bound together by our journey through the cosmos on a single piece of space dust. It’s a perspective that makes fighting over differences and our baser instincts, such as hate, anger, envy, and regret seem silly.

The future of humanity is largely in our own hands. There will be many internal, and cosmic threats to our existence; but our ability to adapt is second to none. The first step is coming together and understanding that differences are inevitable, hatred and violence are not.

One day, Humanity will depend on the cooperation of many nations to survive. When that day comes, the fighting throughout history will seem stupid and incredibly insignificant. It’s up to us to spread ideas such as this, and further increase our ability to cooperate as individuals, groups, and nations to achieve an outcome most desirable for all.