Time lapse of Europe – 1000AD to 2003AD

This is awesome. A time lapse of Europe’s shifting national boundaries over the last millenia. It’s fascinating to think of all the people whose lives forged those boundaries. I’m reminded of the old Carl Sagan quote about the famous photograph of Earth taken by Voyager 1 from 6 billion kilometers away as it left the solar system:

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. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, 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.

Bonus fact: Voyager 1 was launched in 1977, the year of punk, making it the punk spacecraft.

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