When Voyager was 4 Billion miles away from Earth it was asked to
do a simple job...turn around from whence it came and wink...when the
order was recieved it merely shrugged and did it.
"Makes you feel sort of,,,well,,,insignificant doesnt it?"
"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. 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. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the
inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable
inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings,
how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our
posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have
some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point
of pale light."
-- Carl Sagan
From "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space," Random House, 1994