暗淡蓝点—我们的家园

 Pale Blue Dot

     1989年,经过12年的飞行,旅行者1号在向太阳系之外跋涉的征途中飞抵海王星。这时,在美国宇航局局长的亲自指示下,工程师特意让远在64亿公里以外的旅行者1号掉过头来对准地球,拍下了上面这张具有历史意义的照片。地球在哪里呢?我们的星球就是图片最右面那条暗红色光束中间那个微小的亮点。那是个仅仅0.12个像素的小圆点。这就是著名的“暗淡蓝点”(Pale Blue Dot)。如果一位外星来客进入太阳系之后,向地球观望的话,他所看到的可能就是这么一幅图景。这就是我们的家园——衬托在无穷尽的漆黑背景下,笼罩在一束反射的太阳光芒中微不足道,脆弱幼小的一粒尘埃。然而这个尘埃很可能是浩瀚宇宙中,至少在方圆几千光年内,独一无二的。正是她,也仅有她孕育了变幻万千的生命——包括能窥视宇宙过去与未来,思索生命自身诞生与演进的智慧生命。如果那张著名的阿波罗17号飞船拍摄的地球近景(蓝色玛瑙 Blue Marble) 给我们以叹为观止的壮美,那么这张照片让我们认识到的是真正的卑微和渺小。

 Dr. Carl Edward Sagan. 永远的卡尔。

     ……再次注视那个蓝点。就在那儿,那是我们的家,那就是我们。在那儿,每一个你所爱的人,你知道的人,你听说过的人,每一个曾经诞生过的人度过他们的一生。人类历史上所有的幸福和苦难,数以万计自信满满的宗教,意识形态,经济制度;每一个狩猎者和觅食者,每一个英雄和懦夫,每一个文明的创造者和毁灭者,每一个国王和农夫,每一对恋人和父母,朝气蓬勃的小孩,发明家和探险家,每一个道德家,每一个腐败的政客,每一个“超级巨星”,每一个“最高领袖”,每一个圣人或是罪人统统生活在那儿——一粒悬浮在阳光中的尘埃上面。

      地球不过是无限宇宙中微不足道的一个小舞台。想一想,那些帝王将相们沉醉在胜利和荣耀中,以伏尸千里,血流成河换来的不过是对一个小小圆点的一部分的短暂的统治。想一想,这个微小像素点上面一个角落的居民竟能对几乎是别无二致的另一个角落的居民施以无休止的残暴。他们之间的误会是如此的频繁,杀戮是如此的急切,仇恨是如此的强烈。

      我们的傲慢偏见,幻想中的自命不凡,自以为在宇宙中享有特权的妄想,在这个暗淡蓝点面前都显得多么苍白无力。我们的星球是宏大的不断膨胀的宇宙中孤独的一个斑点。我们如此的渺小卑微,在这无穷尽的浩瀚中,没有任何东西能将我们从自我毁灭中拯救出来。

      地球是我们所知的唯一的生命摇篮。至少在可预见的将来,没有任何别的地方可供我们移民迁居。去访问是可以的,但定居仍然不可能。不管你喜欢与否,此时此刻地球正是我们唯一赖以生存的家园。

     天文学被认为是令人谦卑和塑造个性的学问。这张我们渺小世界的远程图片恐怕比任何东西更能显示人类妄自尊大的荒唐。在我看来,它提醒我们的责任,人与人之间相互关爱,共同爱护珍惜这个暗淡蓝点——我们迄今所知的唯一家园。 (摘自《暗淡蓝点》卡尔萨根著) ( 未知译)

     …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.

     the Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that , in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

     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.

    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate, Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

    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 Pale Blue Dot  by Carl Sagan)

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One Response to 暗淡蓝点—我们的家园

  1. jun说道:

    在这个小小的蓝点上,某一小小的角落,一个小小的人,有一个不大的脑袋,却可以想到如此广阔的空间,并让他们自己的内心也广阔起来~~

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