Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pale Blue Dot

 The image above the Pale Blue Dot earth is a bright pixel when photographed from Voyager 1 six billion kilometers out (beyond Pluto). Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934(b) – December 20, 1996(d)) the renowned American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences encouraged NASA to generate this image.

from Pale Blue Dot (1994)

These are the words from Carl Sagan, Cornell University lecture in 1994 regarding the Pale Blue Dot otherwise known as Earth. 

“On it, everyone you ever heard of...The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every 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.”

Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

By Kwame Adofo-Osei

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Africa has been failed by westernisation. It must cast off its subservience

Illustration: Thomas Pullin
Africa has been failed by westernisation. It must cast off its subservience
The continent’s elites have to reject the notion that being ‘modern’ and ‘civilised’ means aping the west...
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ne of the greatest ironies in the history of the collapse of any civilisation must be the initial interaction between Africans and Europeans. The Igbos in the east of Nigeria, for instance, initially saw the Europeans as madmen of strange appearance and ill-formed ideologies. On banking, the Igbos wondered how an adult in his right mind could hand over his possessions for others to keep for him. By the end of the 19th century, the “madman” had overturned their civilisation, and they had adopted his.

We the people...“Read more, read deeper, read broadly, understand better, read!” By Kwame Adofo-Osei

Friday, July 6, 2018

'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' by Frederick Douglass

July 5, 1852
Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion.
The papers and placards say, that I am to deliver a 4th [of] July oration. This certainly sounds large, and out of the common way, for it is true that I have often had the privilege to speak in this beautiful Hall, and to address many who now honor me with their presence. But neither their familiar faces, nor the perfect gage I think I have of Corinthian Hall, seems to free me from embarrassment.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Egalitarian Post: " Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day"

Today, we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 91th birthday. A man who raised his voice speaking to truth to power, and gave his life. His voice resonates today on injustice, truth, love, education, racism, violence, religion and peace. We honor him not just today, every day for his love for humanity is unquestioned.

By James H. Williams