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Sunday, April 10, 2011

I ran across the video below this morning. This video inspired me. Carl Sagan's words are...poetic. Moving. My third time through, I still felt emotional about this video.

I want to share it with you. Watch it. I hope it moved you, appropriately on a Sunday, as much as it moved me. This is all the sermon on need; indeed it's a sermon that I feel inside.

4 comments:

Monk-in-Training 6:31 AM  

Reminds me of Psalm 8
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; 4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals a that you care for them?

Perfect homily for Lent.

Andy 9:30 AM  

Very cool. Thanks, Noah. Nice way to start the week.

(But why does he have to say that every politician is corrupt?)

Smitty 10:04 AM  

every politician is corrupt

He didn't. He just said "every corrupt politician," not "every politician is corrupt." Big difference. He focus is on people who needlessly fuck up our pale blue dot. If you're not a corrupt politician, then you're not indicted in his missive.

Bob 12:05 PM  

This reminds me of something I have said in the past as I have been dealing with an egotistical legislator.

In Michigan there are 148 legislators, and there are thousands that held the same offices that came before them, yet many of them still find a way to make themselves out to be grander than they really are. They are there to change the world and act as if they are unique, but in reality they are just one small part of the legislature, which is equal to the one person in the Governor’s office, who is also a small speck of importance to the country, world, and universe.

The video took my thoughts to a much a larger level and applied it to every person who thought they were better than someone else, or of greater importance than someone else. It could be depressing to think that once we are gone, we will be forgotten, but if you take it the way it is meant, it can give you a sense of purpose in just being better to others and the world around is. Isn’t this Karma?

And to Andy’s point… Not all politicians are corrupt. As much as I regularly badmouth the legislature and those in it, I also have to correct those who know nothing of the people who serve there. No matter what the political persuasion of those who are elected, I believe most people run because they have a set of priorities and policies that they would like to see fixed or enacted. Some are of their goals are misguided, unworkable, or just plain dumb, but very few people run as a way to personally benefit.

One last item – Andy 2012!

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