Light Blue Point

I present a simple-English-only adaptation of my favorite portion of Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” speech:

From this far away, the home world might not seem very interesting.  But for people, it is interesting.  Consider the point again.  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.  Every part of our happy-thoughts and our sad-thoughts, ten-hundreds of sure-seeming God ideas, people ideas, and money ideas, every person making animals into food and every person finding green food things, every person afraid or not, every help-people-live-together person and hurt-human-together-living person, every person who tells people what to do and person who does what other people say, every group of young people in love, every mother and father, every child full of hope, every person who makes new things and person who finds new places, every person who tells people to do good things, every tell-people-what-to-do person who does bad things or does things for bad reasons, every person lots of people know and like, every person who thinks they are God, every person who God does things for and every person who does not do what God says in all of people’s memory lived there–on a tiny piece of not-clean stuff in the sun light.

Inspired by Space Weird Thing, a simplified-language version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, XKCD 1133 “Up-Goer Five,” and of course Carl Sagan’s reflections on the Pale Blue Dot photo taken by Voyager 1’s narrow-angle camera.  Verified using The Up-Goer Five Text Editor.

If you’d prefer something like a diff (it gets a little ugly):

From this distant vantage point far away, the Earth home world might not seem of any particular interest very interesting. But for us people, it’s different it is interesting. Consider the point again 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 Every part of our joy happy-thoughts and suffering sad thoughts, thousands ten-hundreds of confident religions sure-seeming God ideas, ideologies people ideas, and economic doctrines money ideas, every hunter person making animals into food and forager every person finding green food things, every hero and coward person afraid or not, every creator and destroyer of civilization help-people-live-together person and hurt-human-together-living person, every king person who tells people what to do and peasant person who does what other people say, every young couple group of young people in love, every mother and father, every hopeful child full of hope, every inventor person who makes new things and explorer person who finds new places, every teacher of morals person who tells people to do good things, every corrupt politician tell-people-what-to-do person who does bad things or does things for bad reasons, every “superstar” person lots of people know and like, every “supreme leader” person who thinks they are God, every saint person who God does things for and sinner every person who does not do what God says in the history of our species all of people’s memory lived there – on a mote of dust tiny piece of not-clean stuff suspended in a sunbeam in the sun light.

I am not either of these people

As of this posting, there are two published authors on Amazon with the name Erin Eldridge (or at least, two author profile pages, they might be the same woman?):

the author of Immortal Longings

and the author of Born That Way:  A True Story of Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction

Neither of them are me.  I strongly suspect I wouldn’t like either of those books, but Immortal Longings is well-reviewed, so good on her.