We're all in this together

People have the power

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In September 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1, a robotic spacecraft on a mission to study the outer Solar System and eventually interstellar space. In 1990, Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and was leaving the solar system. Astronomer Carl Sagan requested that NASA turn the cameras toward Earth to take one last photograph. He acknowledged that such a picture would not have much scientific value, as the Earth would appear too small for Voyager’s cameras to make out any detail. He thought it would be meaningful as a perspective on humanity’s place in the universe.

On February 14, 1990, at a distance of about 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) from Earth, Voyager 1 took the picture that Carl Sagan named the Pale Blue Dot.

Voyager 1 is still traveling at 40,000 mph (64,000 km/h) and is the most distant human-made object from Earth and the first one to leave the solar system. It has been operating for 43 years, 1 month, and 27 days as of November 1, 2020.

Voyager 1 contains a time capsule in the form of a golden record, with the following inscription from then-President Jimmy Carter:

This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.

The gold record contains 115 images and a variety of natural sounds. In addition, there are spoken greetings in 55 ancient and modern languages. A variety of musical selections were included such as classic works from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky, as well as electronic and folk music. Chuck Berry’s song Johnny B. Goode was a controversial selection, with some on the selection committee claiming that rock music was “adolescent,” to which Carl Sagan replied, “There are a lot of adolescents on the planet.”

There is a lot of attention focused on the United States with the major elections this week. There are 329 million people in the US, but there 7.8 billion people in the world. The US represents only 4.2% of the world’s population. Countries are constructs. There is only one Earth, and we’re all here together.

It may not seem like you as an individual can make a difference but you can. You can make a difference with the people around you. Your family, your neighbors, your community.

When we are united toward common ideals of truth, decency, and kindness, we can achieve greatness.

We are not at the mercy of the leaders and rulers who wish to have power over us. They don’t have the power. The people have the power.

I was dreaming in my dreaming
Of an aspect bright and fair
And my sleeping it was broken
But my dream it lingered near
In the form of shining valleys
Where the pure air recognized
And my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
That the people have the power
To redeem the work of fools
Upon the meek the graces shower
It's decreed the people rule
The people have the power
The power to dream to rule
To wrestle the world from fools
It's decreed the people rule
I believe everything we dream
Can come to pass through our union
We can turn the world around
We can turn the earth's revolution
We have the power
People have the power
People have the power
People have the power
People have the power

People Have the Power by Patti Smith

My favorite version of this song is the live version performed by U2 and the Eagles of Death Metal in Paris shortly after the terrorist attack in 2015.

You can disagree with people. You can have debates and express your opinions and listen to the opinions of others. You do not have to choose hate.

We have one life on this one planet.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

One love
One blood
One life you got to do what you should
One life
With each other
One life but we’re not the same
We’ve got to carry each other
Carry each other

One by U2

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. —Mother Teresa

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