Let me be clear: I am neither amoral nor relativistic when it comes to war and the moral issues surrounding it (that’s well documented here). Thus, I don’t look at the following in a particularly cognitive manner, which is to say that it’s kind of like listening to a piece of music composed expressly for the purpose of evoking human emotion at a level of depth that motivates contemplation and reflection — reflection on the value of what it ideally means to be a human being. I could pick at this, here and there, but that would miss the point.

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  1. Richard Nikoley on June 26, 2007 at 16:18

    I've personally always found it pointless to wring hands over mass nuclear destruction. In the wide scheme of things, I figure it's about likely as a planet killer asteroid and I don't worry about those either.

    On the other hand, it does serve to be sober-minded about smaller scale use of such weapons.

  2. John Sabotta on June 26, 2007 at 15:48

    Some years ago, I was watching ATOMIC CAFE with S. and when the animated informational cartoons showing massive nuclear exchanges came on I said, regretfully – "Why couldn't everything have ended this way, instead of the way it is ending. It's so beautiful!"

    And S. turned to me and said – "Don't worry. There's still time."

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