Let us sum up the nuclear discussion, one of the most controversial issues to date.
Remember our discussions on the Middle Way where we learned that there is a point of truth between two extremes? On this issue as on all others there are extremes, but remember this. Finding the point of truth is not so easy as merely looking in the exact middle. The point is somewhere between the two extremes and it could be anywhere.
One way to recognize a far right or left who is a distance from the point of truth is that he will be unwilling to incorporate true and proven facts into his thinking, but instead will stick to his mindset with religious conviction.
The nuclear issue is one of the most emotionally charged of our day and as such is a good separator from those who want to remain Piscean (emotional) conscious verses Aquarian (mental) conscious.
I’ve been a science buff all my life and studied some nuclear physics when I was younger. Since we are dealing with this subject I have been refreshing my learning on it and catching up on new developments.
As I have surveyed the whole situation as it exists in the present I see a large pull of Piscean Age thinking pulling on the emotional nature and has caused mankind to focus where the danger is not rather than where the danger is.
Many have examined at nuclear power and made it look like we are sitting on top of a doomsday bomb. But, nuclear power plants have a near perfect record in the West, to the extent that not one death has occurred which can be attributed to radiation.
On the other hand, hand there does definitely exist a real nuclear threat which is capable of blasting us back to the stone age – the atomic bomb. This is a real threat, yet for some reason almost all the nuclear activists put their energy into shutting down nuclear power as a source of energy and little or nothing into the prevention of a nuclear war.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s when nuclear activism was in full bloom I was encouraged and attempted to cooperate with them. Unfortunately, all the activists I met had as their main interest, protesting rather than putting forth a plan of action. It was not long before their attention seemed to shift completely away from nuclear weapons to nuclear power and has remained so unto this day. I discovered that most of those who were against nuclear power knew very little about it. They just seemed to be against it because it was the religious conviction of the group.
I had no desire to be in a group just to be against things, so I moved on seeking instead to be a positive force for change.
Unfortunately, very little good has happened in history by people who were merely against something, even if that something was a great evil. If there is no positive plan in place, that which is protested against is usually replaced by something even worse.
Many cite the Founding Fathers of the United States as an example positive protesting, but these men were reformers first and protesters second. In fact most of them merely acted in a positive direction rather than reacting through protest. Instead of making a protest as their main goal, or to bring the economy of England to a standstill, they instead merely sought to be left alone to implement their ideas.
If an individual, company or group has a track record of reasonable harmlessness then they should be free to pursue their goals.
A Sensible Direction
Comment: “I would endorse immediate, total, unilateral disarmament of all nuclear weapons, and set an example for and offer an invitation to the world.”
The thought is good here, but such an action would put us in even greater peril. The United States and Europe attempted to set the example and disarm before World War II and this just gave Hitler encouragement to take advantage of the situation. If we were to unilaterally disarm then a rogue nation could attack us with impunity, which would make the attack on the world Trade Center and Pentagon look like child’s play.
The only solution is a coordinated world wide disarmament with the cooperation of all the nuclear nations of the earth. Such a plan is presented in Project Peace and Goodwill.
A reader quoted Stewart Brand of “Whole Earth Catalog” fame:
“We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into the Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion guilt-free at last!”
There is some controversy as to whether he was serious or not but I have encountered some that lean strongly in that direction.
Unreasonable attitudes like this are more prevalent than one might assume. Just a couple days ago a member of the Sierra Club knocked on my door with a petition. After having a conversation with him and after he assured me that the views of his organization were moderate and not radical, he began to speak with glee about his hope that we would have a complete economic collapse so we would be too paralyzed to do any more damage to the environment.
Sept 10-11, 2001
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