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It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
For the people concerned with the use of language in my latest video... I understand, but can't apologize. Our situation is dire, and this is the word that fits. As a spoken word artist, a great deal of thought goes into the words I choose. The word was not used with disregard to the public... I was actually quoting a friend, who completely hit the nail on the head by saying it. The word is used specifically to shine a light on the problem, and has caused exactly the intended effect. Yes, I could have changed it to 'mess with' or 'screw with'... but do either of those options make the line stand out? No. The fact that the world is more concerned with a single word over the fact that our planet is in crisis, just shows how completely lost we are. Everyday we are subjected to images and articles of intense violence... but still we choose to object to a word that describes our feelings about the situation, rather than the actual situation itself. Our planet is dying... I can think of no more appropriate time to use this word... I can think of no better word to describe the immeasurable scope of despair and frustration I feel toward our treatment of the planet. Share the video or don't... the choice is, and will always be yours... I am forcing no one to watch it. This campaign is a call to action... real action is what's needed to save our home... our survival depends on the participation of all. Please don't think that the omission of a single word is the action that's going to make this world a better place.