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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Shadows





"In the Soviet Union
The scientist is blinded
By the resumption of nuclear testing
And he is reminded

That Doctor Robert
Oppenheimer's
Optimism fell

At the first hurdle..."

Billy Bragg - Waiting For The great Leap Forward

The first Atomic bomb was tested in the Nevada desert
The test was called "Trinity"

But the scientists referred to it as "The first hurdle"

When Oppenheimer saw the Trinity test he muttered a phrase from an ancient Hindu poem written in Sanskrit

Translated it means:
"Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds"

General Marshall standing next to him said simply:
"...well; we are all sons of bitches now"

Oppenheimer went to Washington to argue restraint and to not actually use the weapon he had helped develop

He was branded a coward and possible communist, and the bomb was dropped anyway
Twice

Interesting phenomenon; the shock wave from a nuclear blast travels faster than the speed of sound.
Survivors of Hiroshima report being knocked unconscious, without ever hearing a sound
It is known as the noiseless flash

I got this from a book I have that was written by an American living in Hiroshima at the time who survived the bombing

He was a missionary

Right or wrong
We still argue the merits of this act to this day
And that's OK

But for me there is nothing left to do but look back and reflect on the thousands of people who disappeared in a flash that lasted less than 1/1000 of a second.

They left no trace, left nothing behind but their shadows on the ground


6 comments:

Lydia said...

Stunning.

Shubhajit said...

And we call us ourselves civilized!

The people who live in the jungle still practicing the ancient type of systems and customs without a pinch of so called modernity are uncivilized and we are civilized because we wear stylish clothes, we have TV, Internet, cell phones,queer gadgets and we have the button by pressing we can demolish everything and we never think twice because we are civilized. we are not cannibals, we take help of doctors not voodoo.But we like to eat human flesh, not few pounds but millions of millions.

Lets take a toast for our great civilization!!!

human being said...

shadows are formed when something blocks the light...

greed, selfishness, what else? blocks the light of awareness and truth... and these shadows form...



really powerful and artistic photos...

Mariana Soffer said...

Strong and needed post man. I was thinking about the picture, the famous one, of the naked (cause all her clothes desintegrated) kid running away from the explosion with several other people with a face of horror that was incredibly scary. I saw a documentary about it recently, and they show how they did took photographs about destroyed europe parts, and where they drop the atomic bombs, and that europe ones where much more impresive because in them there where things left that where destroyed, but there was nothing, just flat land in the ones from atomic lands

Citizen of Earth said...

The photo's are actual archive images
Taken in the wake of the blast

I want to thank you all for your comments
And for you continued support
And encouragement

Thank you for taking the time to reflect on these thoughts
And images.

I have been posting less frequency
But I am in earnest now
And I will be turning up the intensity

Roxy said...

Bobbb - please email me your address. I find it amaaaaaazzzing that my novella about to be published touches upon this EXACT issue. Seriously. It's kind of eerie. I will send you a copy - please ... for you have been an inspiration in many way :) roxy