Well, that’s it for another year. 2012 was a busy one, for many reasons. There isn’t anything about the New Year that I can say that hasn’t been said before. So I’ll leave you this excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space to ponder as you tack your new calendar on the wall.
“Look again at 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 of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”