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That tiny pale dot so delicately placed inside that red square is the Earth viewed from the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn 1.5 billion km from our planet.

And to shamelessly paraphrase Carl Sagan’s brilliant words in Pale Blue Dot, that tiny speck is the home of everything we know and love — all those people, those places, those things we enjoy and despise and desire and kill and “struggle” for. Everything is in that tiny dot. From this perspective, it’s very easy to realize how all our grand designs, “immortal” aspirations, and sheer egoism is pathetically laughable — as all those “great” things will never go beyond the fragile confines of that tiny speck we call home.

And still you think you’re such a big shot?

-JB Lazarte

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