Thursday, October 25, 2012

The 'Pale Blue Dot'

Image source: Wikipedia

That tiny pixel highlighted in the red box is Earth, as seen from a distance of 6 billion kilometers. And somewhere within that pixel I sat and composed this post, and somewhere within the same pixel - you must be reading this. The distance does not matter anymore.

It is an overwhelming thought. The world around us being a tiny dot in deep space pretty much questions the significance of our existence and the achievements we have made so far. We may consider ourselves intelligent and powerful - but all that is very relative in the context of this picture. The way we have evolved, civilized ourselves, and become the supreme rulers of our planet actually crumbles down to nothing when we look at this picture. Our existence hardly impacts anything beyond that dot.

We talk about faith. We try to seek the Almighty. We try to get His attention. But looking at this pale blue dot, it seems very likely that He has other things to take care of as well. Probably we are a bundle that must be off His work desk - shoved in some drawer or an old carton. Perhaps He expects us to be self sustainable, rather than looking to seek help from Him every other time.

Let us be the way He expects us to be.