When I was a kid. In my primary school, we used to sing morning prayers and it used to end with National Anthem of India. And even now whenever I go for a movie, India’s national anthem plays on before the starting of movies. I see people showing diligence and respect towards nations. I often see them fighting and debating over that who’s country is greater one. Whenever India succeeds in the launch of a new rocket or probe or testing of a missile; I see the news telecasts that how we defeated nations in the race. I see people being so proud of their nation while abusing or cursing the other countries. You need visa to go to another country and if you cross border without visa you’re doomed, like Sarabjeet singh, who was just a normal villager of india. He crossed the border without even knowing that he had crossed it and his rest of life ended up in the prisons of Pakistan. He died in there waiting to return to his country once again, to see his family once again.
We hate those who we’ve never met just because of the ‘Nation thing.’ we’ve divided earth into the nations, nations into states, states into cities, cities into areas, areas into homes, homes into persons and persons into religions. Is there no end of this partition? There are national anthems but why not an ‘earth anthem’?
Where’s the meaning of ‘vasudhaev kutumbkam'(whole earth is my family) we were taught in the schools? On the one hand they teach this phrase and on the other hand they teach, ‘nothing is above your nation.’
Human had partitioned the land for the ease to develope it but now it has become battlefield for the tiny pieces of it. We slaughter just to make our territory on the unclaimed places.
If you could just go out into the space and look at earth, what would you see? Would you see boundaries? Would you hear the national anthem? No, you’d just see a blue sphere with all of its beauty, you’d see earth, unite in all of its beauty. ‘One earth’ you’d see, not two hundred nations. You’d see that earth hasn’t divided itself till yet while we have. If you’d look around, you’d find just black vast space. Look at earth again, there’s life. Now look around again, there’s no life.
Now just think, you’re in the space and on earth, everyone is FIGHTING for PEACE(irony). Sooner everyone wipes each other out to attain the peace and prove that which nation and religion is the most peace loving.
Now look at the earth again, no life and look around in the space, no life again. We’re unique, not because of the fact that we’re the only known life in our solar system but because of the fact that we Human are greedy, foolish and selfish. Selfish enough to destroy our habitat and foolish enough to think that we’ll attain it by quarreling with each other.
One of my most favorite pictures and quotes are one named, ‘pale blue dot.’ In 1990 when Voyages 1 was 3.7 billion miles away from earth, diving into the deep space at the speed of 40,000 miles per hour, took this picture of our home, Earth, which is merely a tiny fraction of a pixel (0.12 pixel) in this picture.
Do you see this? It’s our home and here’s my favorite quote by my favorite scientist, Carl Sagan for my favorite photograph-
”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.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how
eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our
obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could
migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building
experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it
underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another,
and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known
I was greatly moved by the speech when I read it. If only you understand the intensity of the words said by him, you’d know that there’s something new born inside of you. Let’s help making a united world, where our descendants would sing an anthem for The ‘United Nations Of Earth.’
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