June 4, 2014 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact
The 19th century worship of technology (as the cure for technological problems), has spawned Nuclearism (‘the only solution to the problem of nuclear weapons is more, and more powerful, nuclear weapons’). This traps the world in a looping web of unrealistic thinking and a dangerously deluded sense of security. It also continues to increase the chances of Armageddon. Nuclearism generates a global genocidal mentality most importantly characterized by the taboo status of any solution other than Nuclearism.
I spoke to a group of Pakistani journalists and asked about their views on the possibility of nuclear war between Pakistan and India. They all assured me that there was no danger since ‘there was no first strike intent on either side, therefore neither side would ever use their weapons. When asked why they then needed the weapons, their response was chilling. They all agreed that they needed nuclear weapons “in case the other side used their weapons.” The illogical circle had closed.
Escalating technology makes each weapon more powerful. Increasing complexity makes the interlaced ‘defense system’ of nuclear technology more prone to failure. The inevitable proliferation of weaponry makes the world less stable. Too frightening to picture, we can barely talk about the nuclear threat without quickly terminating the conversation in an upsetting and confused series of logical dead-ends. Soon, what we cannot talk about becomes what we cannot even think about, and the trap of Nuclearism snaps shut! The unexamined solution becomes normalized, rarely to be questioned.
What is to be done? Don not despair. There is a glimmer of hope on a far distant horizon.
It takes a village. That village would be enormous and hard to actualize. A village mentality the size of the Earth will be needed, where a sufficient number of citizens embrace a compassionate world view. It has already begun, this transformation of mindset. Scientific, medical, social, and political movements that embrace the idea of one world, interconnected, and filled with people caring about one another beyond considerations of race, religion, and nationality have already been formed, and are slowly steering this world to ore peaceful tomorrows. Concerns about the health of the planet are becoming more widespread.
This smells a lot like transformative conversion to a new ‘ecoworld’ ideology. Is that what it will take to save the world?