We all have little mental lists of our favorite people. Most of them probably contain our cherished friends and family, but every now and then a someone outside that immediate circle finds their way onto that list. They could be a celebrity or a teacher or a complete stranger; they just have to do something that profoundly alters your perception of things and bam, they've become one of your favorite people. For me, that complete stranger, that teacher, that celebrity has long been Carl Sagan. Not only did he make invaluable contributions to the scientific community during his life as an astrophysicist, but he also wrote two things that I hold in the highest of high regards.
The first is Contact, the novel about a message from beyond the stars that went on to become my favorite film of all time. The second is Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, which is a reflexive examination of mankind's place in the universe. It opens with what I consider to be the most humbling passage I've ever read. That passage, which ruminates on the photograph Pale Blue Dot, an image that Sagan requested the Voyager 1 spacecraft capture. To this day it is the most distant image of the planet Earth our species has ever known.
Well, a man named David Fu has taken Sagan's ruminations on the Pale Blue Dot, as recorded by the author for the audiobook, and set them as the voiceover to a montage of some of Fu's favorite films. The result is mighty saccharine, but I can't help but be in love with it. So please, indulge me in my recommendation that you watch this wonderful movie montage set to the astounding prose of Sagan. If it doesn't move you, your metal heart needs its rusty servos serviced.