We're all in this together...
Updated: Jul 16, 2020
2020 isn't quite what we imagined it would be. No flying cars, androids or bases on Mars. We may not have control of everything that happens. One thing, however, is true—united we are strong and can push through the darkest of time. Yet, tragedy can be the catalyst for great acts of community and togetherness. In his book Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan described the image of Earth, captured by Voyager I, as it completed its intended purpose and was just beginning to leave the bounds of what we know of our solar system:
NASA / JPL
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." ― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Though there are many obstacles along the way, we are our greatest example of the things we—together—can achieve.