The first day we all pointed to our own countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one earth.
-Sultan bin Salman al-Saud
It isn't important in which sea or lake you observe a slick of pollution, or in the forests of which country a fire breaks out, or on which continent a hurricane arises. You're standing guard over the whole of our earth.
With all the arguments, pro and con, for going to the moon, no one suggested that we should do it to look at the earth. But that may in fact have been the most important reason of all.
-Joseph P. Alan
Like its most iconic achievement, space travel, science has taken us on flights of intellect to a cold, barren, alien realm, reducing life to a collection of forces and masses. And yet, this new vantage point has revealed a previously unsuspected splendor. Gazing through the lens of accumulated scientific knowledge at a body or a cell, when we really get its complexity and orchestration, its order and its beauty, the perfect mesh of levels and systems, then we know we are in the presence of a miracle. Awe is the only authentic response.
- Charles Eisenstein
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