As a fan of Carl Sagan’s works, it is a delight to come across the video musings created by Callum C.J. Sutherland. He has masterfully combined the voice of Carl Sagan with modern digital technology and produced beautiful narrated works that speaks to all. Be sure to check out the rest of his creations on his YouTube channel and Like the Milky Way Musings Facebook page.
Here is one of his creations, The Frailty of Knowledge, which includes a bit on Hypatia, a sad story in our planet’s history:
The Moai statues on Easter Island, Chile. Built by the ancient Rapa Nui people to honor ancestors and gods, to ensure an abundant food supply. They used up resources faster than can be renewed and abused agricultural processes. In time, nothing was left, and losing faith in their gods that did not provide food, they began tumbling the Moai statues. Eventually, they starved to death and became extinct. 393 were erected, 97 more in route, and 397 Moai statues were being carved from a distant quarry – still seen today. A reminder on the importance of caring about the land and the solution doesn’t come from worshiping agricultural gods.