"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives."
– Carl Sagan, "Pale Blue Dot"
The hardest task of being human is to stand far enough outside of us to see our true place in and on this planet. As we hurry between appointments, schools and different jobs, our focus is on the moment, the task at hand. Rarely do we pause to consider the long-range consequences of any of our actions.
The exhaust from our vehicle as we careen toward the day-care center. The origin and processing of the fuel we pour into our empty gas tanks. The source of the meat, fish, poultry and vegetables pulled from the shelves of our markets and used to feed our families. The full environmental costs of the plastic bottle from which we drink our "designer" water.