The purring epigram

I'm all about the shenanigans.
We have a choice: we can enhance life and come to know the Universe that made us, or we can squander our 15-billion year heritage in meaningless self-destruction.

Carl Sagan, 1990

It was said 24 years ago, and same kind of thoughts have been spoken many times before through the history. Despite that, some politicians, drunk with power, don’t just realise which choice is better.

(via sci-universe)

How do you convince anyone of anything when a third of the US like our last president believe we are approaching the End Times and heaven awaits? Who cares about global warming, famine or space exploration if Jesus is going to pluck people up and take them to a better place?

(via joost5)

I hear you, trying to convince end-of-times believers is pointless. This is why the rest of us (yes atheists and others pollute and squander a plenty too) must make an extra effort.

Instead of wasting time and/or tweeting about how it’s a shame, we should all just live by the words of Carl Sagan. In the end, even if we are all just collections of organic molecules, we must actively seek to have less of a destructive impact on what surrounds us.

(via joost5)

coffeestainedheart:

“The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn’t know that it’s a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click? You get up off your ass, you grab them by the arm and you take them there. You put the record in their hands. You make them drop the needle on the platter. Then they’ll know.”
— Jack White

This I’m teaching my kid (when he turns five :-)

(Source: thatfancyshit, via real-hiphophead)