Humanity Avoids Self-Destruction For Another Year

Humanity avoids self-destruction for another year
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly Peace Doves, bearing messages of peace, “No More Hiroshima”, “Yes to Peace”, “No to Rokkasho” in Japanese and in English, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima.

August 10 is an inadequately celebrated date in my world. It marks 76 years of humanity going without using a nuclear weapon in warfare.

Humanity avoids self-destruction for another year

Humanity avoids self-destruction for another year
Nagasaki today

By “nuclear weapon” I mean either a fission weapon or a fusion weapon. America used fission weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Nations of the world have only tested fusion weapons, also called thermonuclear weapons or hydrogen bombs. No nation has tested a fusion weapon since November 1, 1952 (No, I don’t believe North Korea). My people have refrained from using our most destructive weapon for almost 69 years. We have gone almost four years since the last nuclear test (September 3, 2017 by North Korea). I have written a number of posts about this happy day herehere and here.

In the song “1999,” the American musician Prince (1958-2016) wrote the lyric:

Mom? Why does everybody have a Bomb?

When I hear this song I think “Stop. Wait. Hold up, Prince.” Everybody doesn’t have a Bomb. There are 9 nations with nuclear weapons. There are over 100 nation without nuclear weapons.

American musician Bob Dylan wrote in the song “With God On Our Side” in 1963:

I’ve learned to hate the Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

And yet, America and Russia have managed to negotiate a reduction in nuclear forces over the years. America and Russia have seemed to recognize the threat of their nuclear arsenals. If America and Russia can work things out, any two nations can work things out.

I take comfort that between 1945 and 1968, the danger of nuclear proliferation was recognized. Effective action was taken to reduce it. Some people say it wasn’t enough. But I shudder to think what the world would be like without the Non-Proliferation Treaty. I shudder to wonder if humanity would still exist without the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The story of this near-miss of self-destruction makes me shudder.

I take comfort that the human family recognized a threat to its survival, and rose to the occasion. Humanity avoids self-destruction for another year. Human civilization faces other threats these days. The New Message from God calls these threats “The Great Waves of Change.Declining resources, environmental degradation, affected climate, and extraterrestrial intervention. There aren’t individuals seeking nuclear weapons. But the behavior of ordinary people seem to be making these new threats worse. Will we notice the threats? Will we respond and prepare? I don’t know. But today, I celebrate humanity’s accomplishment with some okonomiyaki, beloved street food of Hiroshima.

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