Leadership

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space By Carl Sagan: Reading and Meditation

December 3, 2020  • Brianna Curran

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Meditation

Sitting on the tenth floor of my apartment building, my windows capture the typical city skyscape of office buildings and construction cranes, but beyond lies a vast view of the sky. When the days feel long and I stand to stretch my legs, I find myself drawn to the view of the open sky over and over again. As Carl Sagan says, “Even after 400 generations of living in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten.” As our ancestors familiarized themselves with the stars lying beneath them each night, so too are we drawn to the expanse – both an incredible mystery and a comfort. 

Do you itch for things remote, and sail forbidden seas? How do you stretch your comfort zone of curiosity as you take in the world around you? What new discoveries might we uncover if we leave our “sedentary, unfulfilling” life in search of something grand? How can we make grand discoveries in the day to day? 

Brianna Curran, Washington, DC 

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