this is a really low quality picture of the beach past midnight. there’s not really anything special about it - nothing significant happened in this moment. but I remember taking this picture because it was after a dinner party that I went to with my parents, and I was standing there alone. I remember thinking: i know absolutely nothing about the world around me. I remember staring out at the water and realizing that I had no idea what I was looking at. I feel unimportant sometimes but seeing this picture…I want to be something. I want to educate myself. I want to experience. I want go back to this beach when I’m older and be able to say that I’m a bigger person; that I no longer melt into the grain of sand that I felt like I was when standing there. I want to be as big as the ocean and as beautiful as the shoreline; as important as the tide and as mysterious as the water. I want to become something
Researchers have proven scientifically that humans are all one people. The color of our ancestors’ skin and ultimately my skin and your skin is a consequence of ultra-violet light, of latitude and climate. Despite our recent sad conflicts here in the U.S., there really is no such thing, scientifically, as race. We are one species. Each of us is much more alike than we are different. We all came from Africa. We’re all made up of the same star dust. We’re all going to live and die on the same planet – a pale blue dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together.
Bill Nye, Rutgers University Commencement speech to the graduating class of 2015