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Senin Sharing by:
Chairun Siregar


Menyambung dari pembahasan sebelumnya tentang “sublime & beauty”. Jika kita renungi, kita dapat merasakan kemegahan dari sublime tersebut karena ada yang lebih besar dari kita. Kali ini, kita akan mengenali dan menyadari kembali sebesar apa kita. Sebelum itu, mari simak pidato dari seorang astronom yang bernama Carl Sagan.

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We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.
The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident beliefs, ideologies, and economic doctrines,
every hunter and forager,
every hero and coward,
every creator and destroyer of civilizations,
every king and peasant,
every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father,
every 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 rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstanding, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. 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.

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.

-Carl Sagan (astronomer)
Speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994.

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Benarkah kita sekecil itu? Ada sebuah sudut pandang lain yang tidak kalah menarik.

 

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Sadarkah kamu, unsur-unsur tersebut juga ada dalam tubuh kita? Jadi sebenarnya sebesar apa kita? Ini kata Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Ternyata, kita kecil dibandingkan benda-benda kosmik di alam semesta, namun kita sendiri adalah alam semesta. Kita kecil yang tidak ada apa-apanya dibandingkan dengan apa yang ada di jagad raya, pantaskah bertinggi-hati? Kita sebagai alam semesta pun jangan merasa terpisah darinya. Bersikaplah sebagaimana kita menyayangi diri kita sendiri. Mari kita jaga, pelajari, dan jelajahi “diri kita” ini. Dan, jika kamu menyadari : “every photograph is the universe taking a selfie”

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