Today is Carl Sagan Day. Last night we held our 6th Annual Springfield, Illinois Guy Fawkes Night Celebration, also known as A Bonfire Celebration on the Pale Blue Dot, because we also take a moment to remember, remember, the 9th of November, Carl Sagan's birthday. Dr. Sagan would have been 80 years old today. And while we at the Carl Sagan Google Doodle Campaign have been trying to convince Google to create a Google Doodle in Sagan's honour for the 9th of November, today is also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I posted the following to the CSGDC's Facebook page:
Carl Edward Sagan would have been 80 years old today, the 9th of November, 2014. While another Carl Sagan Day has passed with no Doodle remembering Sagan, perhaps Carl would have preferred this, considering that today's Google Doodle is actually a video in honor of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sagan urged us to think globally; to see people beyond our self-imposed borders and dividing lines; to move beyond our ingrained prejudices and elitist attitudes. With that in mind, I wish you all a very happy Carl Sagan Day.
"The choice is with us still, but the civilization now in jeopardy is all humanity. As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky. In our tenure on this planet we've accumulated dangerous evolutionary baggage — propensities for aggression and ritual, submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders — all of which puts our survival in some doubt. But we've also acquired compassion for others, love for our children and desire to learn from history and experience, and a great soaring passionate intelligence — the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity. Which aspects of our nature will prevail is uncertain, particularly when our visions and prospects are bound to one small part of the small planet Earth. But up there in the immensity of the Cosmos, an inescapable perspective awaits us. There are not yet any obvious signs of extraterrestrial intelligence and this makes us wonder whether civilizations like ours always rush implacably, headlong, toward self-destruction. National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic or religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars. Travel is broadening."
— Carl Sagan