"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. 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. 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 in 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 the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. 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. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, 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 and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
I dislike the kind of conspiracy theory/ anti-embodiment theory which locates our origins somewhere off this planet. I think it feeds an arrogance, what the Greeks called hubris. Part of the throwaway mentality that uses up our resources here and looks to somewhere else to exploit next (cf. Avatar film)
This also plugs into the contempt for the body which has blighted so much of our culture. According to this view we are made of inferior earth stuff native to this world. But our "true self" is a spark of something else coming from elsewhere. We are accordingly pressured to look away from this world, and fix our hopes on some sparkling pie in the sky/ cosmos.
All very useful to the rich elites who promote such religions in order to suppress the will to make life better here and now by demanding a fair share of the pie HERE!
Lastly such ideas promote contempt for the body, for sex, and for women who build and nurture new bodies.
The guilt and hatred based on this apparently pretty idea that we come from the angels/ space visitors is impossible to measure it is so colossal.
I particularly dislike the biblical gods going in to the daughters of men ... cosmic rape justified by ancient scrolls ... supposedly our ancestry.
Instead I am dedicated to a thealogy of embodiment and immanence. This means that we live HERE our origins are HERE, our lives are in these BODIES. Which are in their own way, sacred and wise. Our task is to care for them, use them well, and care for the Earth with them of which we are part.
Not masters, but a part or (tiny) member. Further the Divine becomes a dancing changing impossible to define thing of whyich we are part. Not created, any more than we created our own cells. A great Web which is constantly reinventing itself, making mistakes, making beauty. Darklight.