Today is 6th of August. The peace-loving people all over the world experience anguish feelings as they observe the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima Day that they have not yet been able to put the nuclear goblin safely into the bottle, not to speak of annihilating it.
Today is the day that should remind us the admonition of Russell-Einstein in his Manifesto of 1955: “Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.” The path is clear now. Humanity has to decide whether to select paradise or universal destruction.
Today the Catholic world celebrates the feast of Transfiguration of Jesus Christ on the Mount Tabor. Jesus and three of his disciples went up a ‘high mountain’. There “Jesus’ appearance was changed before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became bright as light.”(Matthew 17: 2) The disciples who saw it were attracted so much that Peter expressed his desire to remain there forever. They tasted the heavenly bliss for a few minutes.
65 years have passed since the first ever nuclear bomb was dropped on the Japanese city Hiroshima. Since then the peaceful atmosphere had been endangered. The world is in the anguish of destruction. It is quite evident that if another world war takes place it will be the end of the whole humanity. In the words of Albert Einstein, who caused this deadly weapon, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” Every one quite aware that nuclear weapons will lead to the annihilation of the whole humanity.
Efforts for disarmament
It is consoling to find that in spite of the rumors of war here and there the world at large is striving hard to maintain peace in the world. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the process of which began the peace movement in 1958 and which came into force in 1970, made a solemn pledge “to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.” Though there is no convincing sign yet that the 189 member-states of the NPT are serious about redeeming that pledge, we have a hope that the nations will not go for a suicidal attempt.
Recently President Obama has stated that though this goal for disarmament “will not be reached quickly -- perhaps not in my lifetime,” the follow-up of his vision statement has been quite encouraging.
On this day of Hiroshima, though we look at the resurrected city with a great sigh, let us hope that Hiroshima will enlighten the world to seek for peace and harmony. If we love one another and work for peace we can see the bliss of Paradise. Otherwise we will not be alive to see the ash and debris of another war.
Let this August 6, 2010 then become a hopeful milestone in the movement for nuclear disarmament.
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