archive: SETI FW: Sagan: Daily Quote from Carl Sagan's Body of Work

SETI FW: Sagan: Daily Quote from Carl Sagan's Body of Work

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@zoomtel.com )
Fri, 28 Aug 1998 09:12:17 -0400

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From: FROGMANIII@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 1998 3:44 PM
To: carlsagan@craigerware.avalon.net
Subject: Sagan: Daily Quote from Carl Sagan's Body of Work

"We have held the peculiar notion that a person or society that is a little
different from us, whoever we are, is somehow strange or bizarre, to be
distrusted or loathed. Think of the negative connotations of words like alien
or outlandish. And yet the monuments and cultures of each of our civilizations
merely represent different ways of being human. An extraterrestrial visitor,
looking at the differences among human beings and their societies, would find
those differences trivial compared to the similarities. The Cosmos may be
densely populated with intelligent beings. But the Darwinian lesson is clear:
There will be no humans elsewhere. Only here. Only on this small planet. We
are a rare as well as an endangered species. Every one of us is, in the cosmic
perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a
hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another."

Cosmos (1980); -"Who Speaks for Earth?," p. 339.

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