Yesterday, we commemorated 65 years that separate us from the nuclear blast above Hiroshima.
This building was designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel and completed in April 1915. It served as their industrial palace - more precisely, as the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition - and its skeleton, nowadays known as the A-Dome, was the only structure that resisted the blast because the construction was masterminded by a member of the nation of golden little hands ;-) (at least that's how our ancestors would call themselves haha) and because it stood exactly at the ground zero.
The message is that if your city is nuked, you may want to stand exactly beneath the explosion if you want to have a chance that parts of your skeleton will be found.
Well, this event is probably not a good opportunity for jokes because many people (140,000) have died. But when we look at this concentrated suffering, we shouldn't overlook the fact that many more human lives across the planet were actually saved. Japan got finally convinced that the surrender was the right solution: millions of kamikaze lives didn't have to be sacrificed and Japan, much like Germany, would begin their long decades of peace and prosperity.
When I was a little boy, we would constantly hear that the evil capitalists were planning to ignite a new world war - and even the people who were not against the capitalists would be deeply afraid of a nuclear conflict that was about to start. Thirty years ago, similar worries were even more intense - and surely more real - than the current worries of some people about the "global warming".
The fear of a nuclear war has also played a key role in the fact that the Western world hasn't seen a major war for 65 years. You know, science gives the mankind a key to the Heavens; the same key can unlock the Hell, too. Well, this is actually a Buddhist proverb but because it sounds wise, you will surely forgive me its origin. It seems that even in the ethically muddy Los Alamos efforts of some of the best physicists of the 20th century, the Heaven may have finally dominated over the Hell.
I guess that the influence of nuclear fear is guaranteed to be temporary and it is already fading away.
People have already realized that some of the globally catastrophic scenarios connected with nuclear conflicts have been ruled out. For example, it had been said that nothing would grow in Hiroshima for 75 years; however, watermelons appeared within a year. The people will eventually realize once again that the nukes can actually be used more violently or less violently and they may still be helpful to rather safely achieve certain goals that would be inaccessible by other means. Let's hope that it will be the saner people who will retain their nuclear edge.