Long before a thermonuclear war can come about, we have had to lay waste our own sanity. We begin with the children. It is imperative to catch them in time. Without the most thorough and rapid brainwashing their dirty minds would see through our dirty tricks. Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them into imbeciles like ourselves, with high I.Q.s if possible.
R.D. Laing (The Politics of Experience, 1967)
I was fifteen at the time that this was written. From the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 to the tsunami that engulfed the nuclear power plant at Fukishima, Japan on March 11, 2011 with Nagasaki, Japan, the Cuban missle crisis and Chernobyll, Ukraine in between it seems that I have lived on the “eve of destruction”. Now scientists warn that uncontrolled climate change threatens us all with certain extinction.
It seems that rather than respond to the peril of thermonuclear war by not building any further nuclear weapons or waiting until we had a safe way to dispose of nuclear waste before developing nuclear power we pushed ahead laying waste to the planet and the natural environment. It seems that we were quite comfortable living on a dispossible planet
This is especially true on this day as we watch the fireworks of Sydney, Australia and Hong Kong, China ring in the start of 2014 light up our early morning television screens. Soon the rest of Asia then Africa and Europe will follow with fireworks of their own. Our turn will come much much later.