Long Quotes: Carl Sagan

Posted on Tuesday, August 3rd, 02010 by Tyler Emerson
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“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.”
Carl Sagan

  • I *love* Carl Sagan. That quote is just one of many reasons why. The man wasn't afraid to think big.

  • David

    Viewed in this context the message of Love Jesus delivered seems prescient.

  • cobie

    I wonder if Carl deliberately did not mention the non human community, which at this point seems just as essential to our survival as the other humans.

  • Cmoraga

    “This web of time – the strands of which approach one another, bifurcate, intersect, or ignore each other through the centuries – embraces every possibility. We do not exist in most of them. In some you exist and not I, while in others I do, and you do not, and yet in others both of us exist. In this one, in which chance has favored me you have come to my gate. In another, I say these words, but am an error, a phantom.”

    Jorge Luis Borges

  • Astropithecus

    Yes I agree. And what will unite us is an extraterrestrial threat.

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