Perspective: looking forward

“For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallacies, we humans are capable of greatness.”

As the heated rhetoric of politics and policy took a short backseat to moments of silence and condolences for the innocent lives lost over the past few days, I stumbled on this video that put life in perspective. And made me think about how people in future generations would reflect on us, our actions, and our words, and where we might find ourselves in the future.

“Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds through the solar system and beyond, will be unified. By their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that whatever other life may be, all humans, in all the universe, come from Earth. They will gaze up and strain to find the blue dot in their skies. They will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was. How perilous our infancy. How humble our beginnings. How many rivers we had to cross before we found our way.” [Carl Sagan]

Now, if only we can begin to seek common ground rather than arguments today.

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