I propose the need for a new holiday…… “Nuclear Holiday.”
While some might find this proposition morbid, I do not. In fact, I believe this idea is both pertinent and progressive.
Imagine a calendar day, where the whole world joined together, CELEBRATING nuclear awareness and GLOBAL peace.
“In 2010, the Pentagon revealed it was the owner of over 5,000 all-American nuclear warheads. This number was down from a high of over 31,000, in the late 1960’s.” (http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/number-times-we-could-blow-earth-once-again-secret/).
This statistic, along with the knowledge that China and Russia likely hold just as massive a nuclear arsenal, is very, very alarming……. Add into the equation, developing nations like Pakistan building their own nuclear arsenals and the thought of nuclear war seems like an eventual certainty……..
Maybe it won’t happen in the US. Maybe the next nuke won’t go off in Pittsburgh or Orlando. However, even a nuclear strike on; Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey, Iran, Guatemala, or any other nation for that matter…. could change the entire world…….
The damage from such an attack would be so inhumane and ecologically devastating, that I believe right now is the time to quit sweeping this issue under the rug and start taking a proactive approach to the nuclear age.
The Nuclear Age
Take into account, that the new world economy is growing more and more intertwined, isolating less and less of the world’s population everyday. This further points to the possibility that nuclear arms might in fact….. never be used again. However, history says otherwise and a perpetuating repetition of violence is almost a statistical certainty……
To be honest with ourselves, is of the utmost importance on this issue. That’s because, it is worth noting that the way the human race has handled nuclear arms thus far in history, is somewhat frightening.
Since the dawn of “the nuclear age,” the world has been like a toddler whom god handed a gun…… From the moment the nuclear bomb was created, minds like Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer, developers of the weapon itself, gravely feared it’s future implications. Oppenheimer even once called himself “the destroyer of worlds.” This was a grim quotation, from a genius who surely wouldn’t have wanted to see his brainchild used for apocalyptic war efforts. Actually, Oppenheimer’s exact quote is even scarier;
“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”….. “I am become death.”
Take a minute to think about that. The inventor of the nuclear weapon, said that he had “become death.”
Nobody saw that as a sign that perhaps these issues, concerning the use of extreme force, in any matter, should be handled a little bit more cautiously?
I know this is overly ideal, but when will the human race evolve past war?
When will the human species recognize the need to evolve past violent means for solving disputes? Will it take a modern war, with nukes going off, destroying the planet, for people to realize the importance of these issues?
I do not seek proliferation, but awareness…. and I believe here at Civilians News, this is in the planets best interest, to tackle the issue head on.
In doing so, I propose NOT proliferation but the need for a new global holiday, recognizing “the nuclear age” as a time of peace and human achievement.
Proliferation seems both overly ideal and perhaps unwise. This is because these weapons may actually serve a practical use someday, particularly in destroying future comets/meteors hurdling towards Earth. Instead, I believe a new holiday dedicated to awareness, ushering in the nuclear age peacefully, would seem most practical and pertinent.
Imagine a Spring holiday to celebrate a global awakening. This could be a sort of rebirth of human intellect, so to speak….. This could be a celebration and not a morbid thing at all. Ideally this could occur to create a positive feeling about the human race’s new found achievements and to applaud the fact that nuclear Armageddon has NOT already occurred.
A new GLOBAL CELEBRATION, might also work to deter future nuclear strikes. This is because a nuclear strike would essentially ruin the holiday’s celebratory effect. If a Nuclear Holiday were created today, before another strike, before nuclear arms were ever used again, the holiday could be looked at as a peaceful and potentially celebratory holiday…….
What cause greater to celebrate then the fact that a species, very akin to self harm and violence, has not yet killed itself off? This is especially true, in the wake of 80 years of history, where it VERY easily could have happened…… (And in all likelihood probably almost did, perhaps many more times than the average citizen even knows.)
My Childhood Fear
Since I was a child I’ve long feared nuclear war….. (True story, I don’t think 8 year old’s should be staying up at night, worrying about nuclear war, yet I did.)
When I was a child I remember being in my Mom’s car, looking over the horizon, essentially waiting for a bomb to strike in the distance. Literally hundreds of times I recall experiencing this fear as a child.
Nuclear war is a very SERIOUS topic….. Modern day nuclear capabilities far exceed those of the 50’s and 60’s and this subject holds a variety of implications for the future of the human race.
The next World War, if there ever were one….. Would NOT be like previous wars……
Jet technology and bombing capabilities in the US and abroad, have substantially grown over the past 50 years. Meaning, perhaps it is time that humans took the opportunity to revel in that technology and spread awareness about it’s implications, for future generations to come…..
Future generations need to know the enduring legacy of this technology. Nuclear power is very dangerous and it is important this message is known for future generations. This is vitally important to protecting the planet for generations to come. Maybe the last generation survived without killing itself off, but handing these weapons to future generations, over the coming centuries, is very, very scary……
For all these reasons, it’s of my belief, that in this very volatile moment of human existence and global history….. that it may be pertinent to create a new national and possibly global holiday…. Nuclear holiday.
This would give people a chance to celebrate peace, celebrate human achievement, human intellect and human invention on a global scale…. Again, after all the talk of war, perhaps those nukes could go to good use one day, perhaps if a meteor does hurdle towards Earth. It is very possible, that nuclear weapons could actually SAVE the planet instead of destroying it, in the future…….
For these reasons, it is important that this generation, in my opinion, sets a precedence for future generations to come……. I believe this should be done by turning the concept of nuclear weaponry into a global holiday initiative. This could occur, in order to celebrate the fact that an apocalyptic war has NOT already occurred. Hopefully, these fears will never come into fruition, however marked awareness in the form of a celebration of peace, transparency, freedom and mutual co-existence, might go a long way to insure these weapons continue never to be used.
The Time Is Now
Nobody wants to see a Mad Max style world and nobody benefits from the ecological damage of modern warfare. So I think that RIGHT NOW is the time to create a “global holiday,” celebrating not only human achievement but also world peace and unity.
“Nuclear holiday, a celebration of human achievement.” Nuclear holiday, a celebration of our ability to ward off galactic debris, or meteorites, while at the same time a testament to faith, prosperity, peace and unity.
Nuclear holiday. I propose February 18th…..
By: William Larsen