In today’s blog, you know that we live in uncertain times. The world over, atrocities take place every single day. Simultaneously, technology continues its relentless advent with such fervor that one can scarcely keep track of what has changed from one day to the next – a terrifying reality when we consider the revolutionary nature of the technologies that already exist in our midst. Think of the internal combustion engine, the internet, and smartphone. Think of all these and more and remember that, at any given time, everything we know about the world may be about to be turned on its head.
As far as the aforementioned atrocities go, nothing has, thankfully, been able to measure up to the sheer horror of the one and only nuclear attacks in the history of mankind – Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
For the sake of discussion, let us focus primarily on Hiroshima.
The moral concerns are numerous. Was it really justifiable to attack a civilian city in the name of ending the war? Was the “greater good” really preserved? Are all other possibilities exhausted before the powers that be decided to take the plunge and make a decision that inflicted pain, suffering, horror that spanned across generations?
The truth is, we will never be able to answer these questions. Yet, there are a number of conclusions that we can draw from the attacks as fait accompli.
The attacks were absolutely devastating.
While the attacks did end the war, the ‘victors’ had the blood of three hundred thousand innocents on their hands.
Two cities were reduced to rubble.
Nevertheless, one oft-ignored fact of the horrors that took place at Hiroshima and Nagasaki is that the twin strikes laid down a new standard of fear across the globe – nations have, since then, despite developing nuclear arsenals of their own, refrained absolutely from flexing this particular muscle.
Nuclear holocaust is a terrifying prospect – and if nothing else, this prospect alone is preserving the eggshell-like a semblance of world peace that we have come to appreciate deeply.
As for Hiroshima, we could all learn a thing or two. Hiroshima was, after all, reduced to dust, bones, and rubble. Nothing could possibly grow there for a hundred years.
Yet, visit Hiroshima today and this is what you will find:
Beautiful, isn’t it? Where nothing would grow for a hundred years, the colors of the autumn blaze in all their glory. The sky is as blue as can be. Students roam the memorial park freely.
In the past, Hiroshima was a city, nothing more and nothing less. However, now it has come to be a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, of forgiveness, love, mercy, and above all, hope. As the time goes by, as long as mankind holds fast to hope, tomorrow will always be a brighter day.