Do we really call this human progress?
Updated: Aug 2, 2019
"Now I have become Death, Destroyer of #Worlds."
July 16, 1945. It was dawn and the sun waited patiently for its rise. There was a soft, very soft cold wind and silence invaded the space around. The flat desert was inhospitable and gloomy. Other places had been thought of, all in New Mexico. But the "Jornada del Muerto " was the chosen one. Perhaps because the name of the place and the purpose of being there symbolized an uncertain future for humanity.
All remained solemn and nervous. No one spoke other than to give instructions and make basic comments. It could be said that they too were afraid of what was going to happen.
Kenneth Bainbridge led the test and looked hard at his subordinates and superiors, especially J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of weapons development at the Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico, and the director of the Manhattan project, Leslie R. Groves Jr. Kenneth's nerves were certainly killing him.
All the work had begun in the 1930s and the discoveries that spoke of the nature of atoms were going to bear fruit. But no one was certain of the result.
Then Oppenheimer remembered the following verses, who knows why, but he prayed them:
"As the West and the East
In all flat maps, and I am one, we are one,
So death touches resurrection."
"Crush my heart, God of three people."
He remained silent, and those ideas pierced his mind.
Bainbridge sat down and began to remember the afternoons when he would go out with the horses to play Polo and get distracted. The atmosphere in that area was very hostile, very dry, between reptiles and dangerous insects. He remembered how his companion Vannevar Bush planned the afternoons with games and movie nights to distract the workers from the inclemency of the weather and the fauna that lived there.
The Jumbo was ready. It was 3 meters in diameter and 7. 60 meters long, with walls just over 35 cm thick and 214 tons weight. A Leviathan of destruction.
All began to sit down because I was about to start the pyrotechnics.
-What can happen?, are only atoms said John von Neumann mockingly, trying to make something less heavy the environment.
Nobody said anything. Everyone was staring into the background on the horizon, sheltered in the bunker of McDonald's Ranch.
The countdown began...
The governments of the world have been armed with nuclear bombs since that day and according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Studies Institute (SIPRI), there are still some 14,465 nuclear weapons worldwide.
The problem lies in the price to be paid for this progress, for the damage done to the #planet since then, for the wars and constant harassment of the #empire and the hostile countries, which only seek #supremacy as their standard.
#ResponsibleGreenliving wants to remember this date because it is important to know that, despite the great #global tragedies, human beings preserve that survival instinct and there are more #people who work every day to make the planet a friendly and prosperous world for #newgenerations.
Also the technology in the right hands has the responsibility and the duty to make the planet a safe, green and new place. Although the world has changed since then, it is also up to us to help it have a better future.
Perhaps only in this way, joining forces in pursuit of utopia, will we one day be able to live in a place free of weapons and wars, free of hatred and lies.
You can't hide the sun with one finger. The paradox of the human being always goes from hatred to love. That is why it is important that the scales are always tilted towards love. Love destroys bombs, it destroys walls. Love can govern the minds of the most foolish. Because only love can make flourish a world free of plastics, free of oil, free of pollutants.
And it is necessary to give love to people so that they can be infected as a vaccine against this evil of the new millennium.
Oppenheimer said after the atomic tests in an interview:
" We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remember the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that one way or another… "
Death will come to all of us, but we must smile and look at it with good eyes. If you act in good faith and with kindness in life, you will know that love is the greatest and most promising atomic bomb that can exist in the world.
For all those who have died in wars, we launch a prayer and ask for peace on this planet.