Trinity~65 Years of the Atomic Age
16 July 2k10
“Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” ~Bertrand Russell
“All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.” ~Mohandas K. Gandhi
16 July 1945 5:29:45
Deep in the desert, at the White Sands Proving Ground, The Trinity Test of a plutonium device called the “Gadget” is detonated. Ushering in the Nuclear Age, the device is an equivalent to 20 kilotons of TNT, and the shock wave was felt up to 100 miles away. The mushroom cloud reached a height of more than 7 miles. The crater of radioactive glass, called Trinitite, was 10′ deep X 1000′ wide.
All who laid eyes on the monstrosity reported that the blast turned night into day. After the Nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a short time later, humanity was forever changed. For the first time, we as a species were capable of suicide, capable of the extinction of the Human Race.
Following the detonation, Dr. Robert Oppenheimer is said to have quoted from the Hindu ‘Bhagavad Gita’, “Now I am become Death, Destroyer of Worlds.”
Currently, The Doomsday Clock, created and maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, now stands at 11:54, 6 minutes to midnight, and the fall of Mankind.
On this 65th. Anniversary of the Nuclear Age, let us ask, “What have we learned?”
However, remember this: Nature Laughs Last.