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How Can We Humans Be So Blind

This planet whereon we reside gave nature’s bounty far and wide. We’ve seen our Mother Earth from space who barely shows her fragile face as Pale Blue Dot, sunbeam enshrined, and still we humans are so blind. The cosmic reaches hugely grand are vaster than we understand. We know not of a single place where kindred creatures would be graced with crucial features so combined. But oh we humans are so blind. We’ve self-importance off the scale, self-interest beyond the pale, yet if our sweep of self were more than just what enters through our door it could be good for all Mankind. How can we humans be so blind? If only we’d be even wise enough to open tight shut eyes and seek reality’s true guise from whence awareness dawns arise, a search within would surely find that humans need not be so blind. ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena… Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves… It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world… To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” From comments by Carl Sagan in his 1994 book, ‘Pale Blue Dot’…

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Date: 5/21/2020 7:02:00 PM
Thought provoking words, Harley, we must all open our eyes to what is happening around us if our home is going to survive. Wonderfully penned my friend. Hugs, John
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Harley White
Date: 5/22/2020 8:19:00 AM
Indeed we must definitely wake up to the priceless value of our earthly dwelling. I'm pleased that you liked the poem. Thank you for reading and commenting! I appreciate it!
Date: 3/19/2020 9:20:00 AM
Just loved your poem.Yes we truly are blind to the destruction we do to earth in the name of development.Its high time we take fast preventive and constructive methods to restore nature.have a great day.:)
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Harley White
Date: 3/19/2020 9:28:00 AM
Thank you for your quick response to my poem! Yes, I am hoping it will serve as sort of a wake up call, and I appreciate your words.