Small stage in a vast cosmic arena
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.
I am a stranger. I come in peace. Take me to your leader and there will be a massive reward for you in eternity.
That’s one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.
The view of the Earth from the Moon fascinated me—a small disk, 240,000 miles away. It was hard to think that that little thing held so many problems, so many frustrations. Raging nationalistic interests, famines, wars, pestilence don’t show from that distance.