I will never forget the images I saw as a little girl as I watched a school film. The movie was black and white and showed all the horrific after effects of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan
Scenes in particular haunt me to this day, A face imprinted on a cement wall, little school boys walking like zombies with part of their faces melted or burned. Splintered frames of buildings, standing naked and pointed upward to a dark sky. My innocent imagination could not fully process the graphic images and I was unable to sleep for the next several days. How could a seven year old girl dissect the reasons and causes of such an infamous event?
I’ve recently gone back to that pivotal moment of seeing a cataclysmic event. Though now mature, grown and experienced in much suffering, I’m still compelled to come to grips with all the barbaric things that could happen with such violent people in control. I feel the need to dissect the nuances of humanity in the grips of tragedy or disaster and hope to glean some sense or understanding of why there has to be war and why civilians must be caught in the net of brutality, violence and death.
A few months ago, while pondering the idea of a nuclear blast here in America, I remembered those haunting images from so long ago. The impact of those horrendous scenes were no less heart-breaking, but even more so, a reality in my own present time with all the jockeying for nuclear arms military supremacy.
I got a glimpse of a day in the life of a city being attacked by an Atomic bomb via a “Touched by an Angel” episode last year.
The city of Hiroshima was known for the beauty of ancient Shinto temples, delicate, gracious Geisha dancers and especially the sweet aroma of Cherry blossoms that wafted through spring season air. This day was no different from any other and a group of schoolgirls climbed a small hill to their father’s garden.
Meanwhile, on his death-bed, Albert Einstein smiled at the lovely scene being presented by the angel of death who stood by to prepare him for the afterlife. Einstein smiled at the lovely scene before him, unaware that in a few minutes the scene would change drastically with an incomprehensible horror the Japanese and the whole world never forget.
A deafening siren suddenly blared and thunderous noise like a tornado made the young girls cover their ears and scream. The father of relativity grimaced seeing the pale blue sky turning an angry boiling red. Albert looked on in horror as the young girls screamed and covered their faces. Now he understood the implications of his invention…the atom bomb. Things would never be the same.
He began to weep, for in a quick minute, the beautiful city of Hiroshima was suddenly reduced to nothing but ashes, dust and death.
Another character in the same episode, a female scientist, pondered her decision to clone Einstein’s DNA so she could have her very own child. She wanted a highly intelligent child who would grow up to contribute great things to his/her world. She pondered deeply about the moral and ethical consequences of human cloning.
This “Touched by an Angel” episode was one of the most fascinating and gripping dealing with the cloning. of human beings. Every thought, deed and action would affect eternity whether we wanted to realize it or not.
I wonder if Albert Einstein could have imagined the consequences of his scientific genius and the implications on politics, military armament and world peace. His genius caused the death of millions of hapless civilians, leaving behind an infamous legacy for all to remember.
I will never forget that seeing that film in third grade. I’m wondering what my teacher thought the film would accomplish in our small minds. I wonder if my other classmates remembered it as I did. I think about the lives of the people who never had a chance to say good-bye to their loved ones or even to escape to safety.
Such a cruel fate. If anything, I hope that every person would get a vicarious glimpse of such a catastrophe and especially that our leaders would prevent this from ever happening again. I know I will never be the same.
I vote against nuclear weapons and hope that all compassionate, humanitarian people would unite to keep a safe world. Amazing, that with all the brilliant scientists able to invent great devises for the benefit of mankind, that weapons of mass destruction are the invention of choice.
One could also ask how man would design such a weapon when God has given us such ability to create good as He did.