Each of us can make a difference if we step up and try our best / Becoming Planet Citizens
Starchild from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
SJS / Siterunner: Communicating with the visual effects creator of scenes and sequences in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film: 2001: A Space Odyssey was memorable, both for the beauty of what was realized by Douglas Trumbull and what our conversations were envisioning -- the "Overview Effect."
The latest news I have on Doug, as of 2015, is that he continues to plan and build his next 'immersive imaging' project, pod-like high-resolution theaters. The space complex in Florida is one of his clients and I look forward to seeing and experiencing an Overview Awe as we circle above our home planet Earth...
A tip of our green hat to Doug, and Stanley K, and Carl Sagan -- visionaries who opened our eyes to the stars. As Carl Sagan explains in this video, we and our world are "journey work of the stars." We come from stardust. We are children of the stars.
- New Ways of Seeing
To push the edge... I believe we are at the threshold. Take the time to make breakthroughs.
○ "Our posturings, our imagined self-importance,
the delusion that we may have some privileged position,
are challenged by this point of pale light.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark ....
There is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
This distant image of our tiny world...
underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another,
and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've got." -- Carl Sagan
○ "Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. We have now organized what are modestly described as super-powers, which include groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together--surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth. Many of those who run the nations will find this idea unpleasant. They will fear the loss of power. We will hear much about treason and disloyalty. Rich nation-states will have to share their wealth with poor ones. But the choice, as H. G. Wells once said in a different context, is clearly the universe or nothing."
"Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring."
-- Carl Sagan, Cosmos
○ "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.
-- Carl Sagan
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