The Future of Our Pale Blue Dot is At Stake by Gunther Ostermann

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by Gunther Ostermann
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Kelowna, BC. Canada
Dec. 1, 2015

The leaders of European countries are facing massive political, economic and social problems, with no real solutions in sight. But those very serious issues actually pale to global ones.

Consider the following statements from five famous people:

“We’re a plague on the world,” filmmaker David Attenborough.

“How can the human race sustain another 100 years?” physicist Stephen Hawking.

“Can human beings survive the 21st century?” American linguist, cognitive scientist and philosopher Noam Chomsky.

“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Pope Francis.

“What is at stake is whether we have a future at all,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

In view of their statements, I would like to share some ideas I’ve collected in my 79 journeys around the sun. But first, please watch Carl Sagan’s video, “A Pale Blue Dot.”

This puts our life on that tiny planet in perspective — how insignificant we are, and how utterly stupid humans behave. Planet Earth is beautiful, still, and the only planet we know of, so far, that is habitable.

Since people of all ages are disillusioned and leaving traditional religions, there is a need for a new vision created by open-minded thinkers, based on the latest scientific discoveries. Sadly, lack of imagination by our scientists and philosophers resulted in ISIS, who filled that vacuum.

In Bill Nye’s book Undeniable (2014), he quotes what Charles Darwin said in the last chapter of Origin of Species:

“Therefore I should infer from analogy that probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this Earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed.”

Why has the plain admission by Darwin, that he believed in a breath giver, been ignored all this time, which should have, and still can, change the world?

Only with honesty, truth and justice can there be a future for our species, and I don’t see any of it, anywhere.


Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan

Tragedy & Hope on Jun 26, 2012

Carl Sagan delivering an important message every person on earth should hear. Please share this message in anyway possible.

Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) from Earth, in the photograph, Earth is shown as a tiny dot (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space.

Music Used: The Cinematic Orchestra – Arrival of the birds


Here is another newer version. Thanks to D for sharing it with us.

Pale Blue Dot – HD

Hashem AL-ghaili on Dec 21, 2013

I have created this new version of the Pale Blue Dot, I am happy to share it with you here.

If liked this video, please don’t forget to share it with your friends.

from the archives:

Naomi Klein: This Is Violence. Inaction In The Face Of Such An Existential Threat (#COP21)

Pope Francis’ Address to the UN General Assembly + Transcript

Chris Hedges: Time To Dismantle Industrialized Civilization + Guy McPherson, Derrick Jensen and Richard Manning at the Earth at Risk Conference 2014 + #TPP: The Dirtiest Deal

Utopia or Oblivion by Gunther Ostermann

“The Big Bang as God’s plan?” by Gunther Ostermann

Creavolution By Gunther Ostermann

13 thoughts on “The Future of Our Pale Blue Dot is At Stake by Gunther Ostermann

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  2. A very profound and powerful perspective that unfortunately is too-often left out of vital discussions surrounding humanity’s ongoing difficulties. Combined with an imagined perspective of the afterlife when we all leave this “Pale Blue Dot”, perhaps based on the personal accounts of those who’ve had the near death experience, one may find it possible to discover answers to life’s most persistent, ever-present questions in the here and now.

        • David,
          If not mistaken, “The Scientist” documentary was made in 2006, and unfortunately, at least in the U.S.A., one is yet unable to walk into a health-food store and buy cannabis supplements in capsule form just like vitamins. The film falls in the same genre as another which has become much more popular (had never heard of “The Scientist”, thanks for sharing it) – Rick Simpson’s “Run From the Cure”. Sad such a valuable medicine cannabis is so under-utilized, not only as medicine, but for food, clothing, building material, paper, and on and on it goes.

        • Thanks J, I had not twigged it is nearly ten years old; very well put together I think, and extremely enlightening. Raphael Mechoulam is a remarkable individual (now 85) ~ an exemplary human being in my estimation. His work is truly inspiring; profoundly educative and a powerful ethical corrective to the prevalent cult of grotesque US-style hegemonic corporatism.

          I also think it is deeply significant that persons of such impeccable integrity can thrive in Israel, despite the utter horror of the general situation.

  3. Thank you David, I’ve enjoyed your comments. I cannot respond to your questions right now, as somethings is ‘in the works’ that could jeopardize it.
    In the meantime, you can find more letters on Google, if you go far enough.
    I wish somebody from the “Giving Pledge” would have a meeting with me, as they have more clout then my little voice. Gunther. Please Google this.
    Baltimore Chronicle. Symposium, Jan. 2003.

  4. It is high time to face reality and leave religion and politics and whatever else out. All of us are in the same (sinking?) boat and all of us must row in the same direction instead of continually going in circles.

  5. Thanks Lo, great post. I’d like to hear more from Gunther, and his 79 journeys around the Sun.

    The chaos of our human existence may be a necessary process of spiritual awakening, a radical catharsis ~ a global initiation; we may need to experience this cosmic kindergarten stage of irascible selfishness, one might surmise, en route to another place, a better blue dot. Only, that place may be more than a picture, but a profoundly sublime blue dot ~ a reality that emerges from the depths of our awakening consciousness; rather than a mere token of instrumental ingenium, courtesy of generations of mechanistic precocity since the days of Magellan.

    While these dramatic cinematic perspectives lend a whole new meaning to the concept of “environment…” if only we could consciously commit ourselves, teach ourselves to develop the capacity to generate this understanding, through a direct apprehension of reality. After all, ideas and images are only symbolic, truth needs to be lived, yearned for, passionately sought.

    As for honesty and justice Gunther, I’d say the former is actually a given, even if constantly denied or elided by hereditary sophism; it is the existential condition of life itself, the authentic medium of experience. Whereas the latter, Themis to the Greeks or Maat-Hrumachis for the Egyptians (Dao-Deh in Chinese…) is a very grown-up notion, a thoroughly human aspiration, a thoroughly religious and indeed, socio-political ideal.

    Personally I do not yet see, how we shall be able to invoke Justice, let alone exercise Her Will, unless and until, we have found ways to conceptualise that luminous possibility adequately, as a glyph of the total cartography of known human experience, aspiration and existence. Without this contextual landscape, as an ethical foundation, we shall not even begin to understand the ways that a genuine and efficient moral compass can be cultivated, nourished and allowed to emerge.

    A religious synthesis is not enough, it needs a complete review of our rational methodologies; an authentic spiritual science. A flourishing philosophy. This is what is lacking, but we have no end of provisional examples. The question is, are we capable of understanding and interpreting these examples in ways that really do benefit and fulfil the evolving promise of a universe of meaning?

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