"An extraterrestrial visitor examing the differences
among human society would find these differences trivial compared to the
Our lives, our past and our future are tied to the sun, the moon and the
stars... We humans have seen the atoms which constitute all of nature
and the forces that sculpted this world... and we, who embody the local
eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos, have begun to
wonder about our origins... star stuff contemplating the stars,
organized collections of ten billion billion billion atoms,
contemplating the evolution of nature, tracing that long path by which
it arrived at consciousness here on the planet earth...
Our loyalties are to species and to the planet. Our obligation to
survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that
cosmos ancient and vast from wihich we spring.
We are one species.
We are star stuff harvesting star light."
Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
"What could be more inspiring than to begin the age of
restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still
surrounds us ?"
Edward O. Wilson
© 2006 Tim Connelly
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