The Sagan Series is a series of videos commissioned by NASA and created by Reid Gower. They talk of the challenges facing Man in reaching the space and looks back on the path we have taken and talks of the present situation. They are brilliant not only in the presentation but also in the pictures used. The BBC pictures used are all HD and the videos in all the HD glory are strikingly beautiful.
The first video “The Frontier is Everywhere” talks of the frontier of challenges facing humans and that has faced us in the many generation we have passed. When we used to be hunters and foragers it was very easy to discover new things, the frontier was everywhere. Today we seem to be asking the question whether we should venture into space and question whether we are capable enough. “We who cannot even put our own planetary home in order, riven with rivalries and hatred, are we to venture into space” begs a moment of thought, indeed we have a lot of troubles on earth, why should we go looking for more outside, why spend so much on space when so many are dying of hunger and dying in the hands of terrorists. We are an adaptable species and we will change, we are changing now. “By the time we are ready to settle the nearest planetary systems we would have changed. Time would have changed us, our necessities and even our hatred of each other would have changed us. It will not be we who go to the stars, it will be a species very much like us, but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses, more confident, far-seeing, capable and prudent. Despite our failings, despite our fallibilities we humans are capable of greatness.” – This is my favorite line in the entire video. It gives you hope and courage to do what’s necessary knowing that in the end, the fate is not for us to decide. We are great and need not question our abilities, we only need to sort out our priorities.
The videos are must see. I will be writing about the emotions that the videos instill in me in the future but for now, you should go see the videos.