who speaks for earth


Ulmo loves both Elves and Men, and never abandoned them, not even when they lay under the wrath of the Valar. But mostly Ulmo speaks to those who dwell in Middle-earth with voices that are heard only as the music of water. For all seas, lakes, rivers, fountains and springs are in his government; so that the Elves say that the spirit of Ulmo runs in all the veins of the world.

If you want to grow in humility, there’s one simple thing you can do - pray. I don’t know anything else that so quickly shows us where we belong. In an instant, the tables are turned - we’re no longer gods of our own universe, which is how we live out our days; instead, the proper order of the universe is restored - we here on earth, knees bent, heads bowed, and speaking with the real God, the one who holds the earth in his hands.


“We have heard the rationales offered by the superpowers, we know who speaks for the nations. But who speaks for the human species, who speaks for earth?”

- Carl Sagan


“Up there in the cosmos an inescapable perspective awaits. National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic or religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos, episode 13: “Who Speaks for Earth?”
image credit: Apollo 8, NASA

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth.
The one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
—  John 3:31-36

There is no other species on Earth that does science. It is, so far, entirely a human invention, evolved by natural selection in the cerebral cortex for one simple reason: it works. It is not perfect. It can be misused. It is only a tool. But it is by far the best tool we have, self-correcting, ongoing, applicable to everything. It has two rules. First: there are no sacred truths; all assumptions must be critically examined; arguments from authority are worthless. Second: whatever is inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised.

-Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Who Speaks for Earth? (pg. 276)

People who pick on the less fortunate are scum. There’s no excuse for it, especially if you live in America and you know what happened in 2008-2009 to our economy. I don’t care if anyone sees this or not, just had to vent it on here. Only the true scum of the earth would speak badly about those who have it hard in these times. Think of all the children who face bullies because their parents had to buy them clothes from Wal-Mart or K-Mart. Think of the people who have nowhere to sleep at night through no fault of their own. This is one of the reasons why our society is in such peril, people have lost their sense of compassion. And judging by what I’ve seen over the past week, some people are just soulless. One cannot fake compassion, no matter how many stories they make up in their head to make it seem like they’re compassionate. Your posts say a lot about who you truly are.

I hate that superiority complex of modern people perceiving themselves as the most intellectual form of people and who never stop speaking how people before x thousand years people thought the earth is flat etc. We are allowed to have an access to widespread information and we consider ourselves “the smartest", yet we cause the biggest damage to earth ever caused by human-beings.

anonymous asked:

What does Alya say near the beginning of Animan, where Adrien has just asked Marinette to the zoo on Nino's behalf? I believe you guys translated it as "Earth to Marinette" but what does she say in French? (not terre à Marinette, I'm pretty sure, and that sounds weird anyway)

She’s saying “Allô la Terre”

Usually we say “Allô la Lune, ici la Terre” (Hello Moon, Earth speaking) to bring back someone who’s way too much in their thoughts, which is why we chose to say “Earth to Marinette”

If you’re really picky though, she’s actually saying “Hello Earth” to say “Are you on Earth or did you go too far in the clouds ?”

In our tenure on this planet we’ve accumulated dangerous evolutionary baggage — propensities for aggression and ritual, submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders — all of which puts our survival in some doubt. But we’ve also acquired compassion for others, love for our children and desire to learn from history and experience, and a great soaring passionate intelligence — the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity.

And the world impoverishes itself by spending a trillion dollars a year on preparations for war, and by employing perhaps half the scientists and high technologists on the planet in military endeavors.

How would we explain all this to a dispassionate extraterrestrial observer? What account would we give of our stewardship of the planet earth? We have heard the rationales offered by the superpowers. We know who speaks for the nations, but who speaks for the nations? Who speaks for earth?

Shouldn’t we consider, in every nation, major changes in the traditional ways of doing things, a fundamental restructuring of economic, political, social and religious institutions?

Fundamental changes in society are sometimes labeled ‘impractical’ or ‘contrary to human nature’, as if nuclear war were practical, or as if there were only one human nature.

The old appeals to racial, sexual, and religious chauvinism, and to rabid nationalist fervor are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism, and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet.

—  Carl Sagan

The Valiant (2015)   //  Valiant  Comics

“The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers - those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times.

Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy - a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world.

Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…THE VALIANT.”

Story: Matt Kindt, art: Paolo Rivera

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Who was I;

Speaking of heavens
as though beheld;

And of earth
though mind knew;

Drifting as consciousness
as god-mind daydreams
written upon poetic walls
of quantum splendor.

spilling words

into infinite reflecting
vibrations of light;

are as
universes forgotten
upon a cosmic beach

Hungry to touch
earthen skin
pulled by
sea in her eyes


To warmth of arms
as embraced
In breath as soft winds
heart beat of fire
and love, love, love

{lose yourself weakened
find yourself strengthened
all at once}

See where life awakens
not by
rising of sun
nor slumbers into dreams
by moon beams nor stars

It begins with a smile
every breath spoken
she is, she is
she is love

safely drifting
into paradise
creating a universe
when we dream.

—  Shamanfox