It’s A Small World
Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
On July 19, 2013, NASA’s Cassini space craft camera snapped a tiny blue dot object with rings of Saturn showing in the foreground. It was our planet earth. From 900 millions miles away, it appeared so small in the vastness of space.
To date, there are 7 billion of us on this planet, in addition to animals and plants and trillions more living organisms. Barring any cataclysmic event, scientists estimate that we and those who follow us still have another billion years to enjoy its hospitality. By then, it would have been too hot to sustain life resulting from the ever increasing level of radiation pouring out from the sun.
Since it’s the only place in the universe we can call home, it wouldn’t be too much to expect that we should learn to get along and take care of it. But sadly, that isn’t the case. Instead of making it into a garden of eden, we hasten its end by becoming an agent for its destruction.
As a case in point, mankind has already enough nuclear weapons to destroy our world many times over. But we keep wanting more. For what purpose? To maintain the peace? To contain each other’s agressive behaviour? To preserve our way of life? To compete for bragging rights? Is it worth the risks? All it takes is one trigger-happy finger to blow us all into oblivion.
From Saturn, the view of earth’s exploding like one giant fireworks must be a sight to behold. Unfortunately, there’d be no one alive to witness it, unless you believe in UFOs.