I still remember the very first time I saw this photo. I was completely, for lack of a better word, awestruck. How could this be possible....? Us humans are so incredibly small, fragile and insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe!
This photo was taken by NASA's Voyager 1 Space Probe on the 14th of February 1990, and is the most distance photo EVER taken of planet Earth - Voyager 1 was about 6 billion kilometres from Earth. Everything I have ever known - from my memories, my current knowledge, my experiences and my relationships, have all occurred on this dot, a dot that barely takes up a pixel on the camera lens. How trivial to think that Earthly worries are really worries at all. How could anything occurring on this micro scale really matter?
Despite the overwhelming sense of humility that this one image continues to bring me, I can't help but also feel a great sense of inspiration. So far mankind has only travelled as far as Earth's moon - a dot itself so small that it is probably taking up the same pixel space as the Earth in the image above. Yet for thousands of years us humans have gazed longingly to the stars in not only complete wonder but also in acceptance of a challenge - an inevitable challenge to continue our feat of adventure and exploration. Yes, we are only occupying the tiniest amount of space and in terms of size we really are insignificant. However, it motivates me to know that on this dot there are also dreamers, adventurers and explorers.
And it is these above three things alone which makes our pixel space not only important but also of extreme value.