I propose the need for a new holiday…… “Nuclear Holiday.”
While some may find this idea morbid, I do not.
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. Also, this number was down from a high of over 31,000 nuclear warheads, 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 whom surely would not have wanted 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 a new global holiday, recognizing “the nuclear age,” as a time of peace and human achievement.
Proliferation, appears both idealistic and unwise. This issue is particularly troubling because these weapons may actually serve a practical use someday, perhaps destroying comets, or meteors, that may one day threaten Earth. For this reason, I believe a new holiday dedicated to the concept of “awareness,” ushering in the nuclear age through peace, would be most practical and pertinent….. Particularly, as these weapons pass from generation to generation.
Imagine… a Spring holiday dedicated towards, “a celebration,” of global awakening. This could be a sort of rebirth in 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….. (I don’t think all 8 year old’s stayed up at night worrying about nuclear war, but I did.)
I just remember as a child, being in my Mom’s car, looking over the horizon, essentially waiting for a mushroom cloud in the distance and a wave of death to consume the road. And that fear struck me as a child, literally hundreds of times.
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 humans took the opportunity to revel in this 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 that 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 of these reasons, it’s my belief, at this moment in human existence and global history….. it may be pertinent to create a new national (and possibly global) holiday…. This is the concept behind, “Nuclear holiday.”
The Time Is Now
Nobody wants to see a Mad Max style world and nobody benefits from the ecological damage of modern warfare. For all of these reasons, I think 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