Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tsunami, Nuclear Power and Humans

The tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March, 2011 was unimaginably terrifying.  In the face of nature’s onslaught, human beings - even those in an advanced society such as Japan - seem pitifully powerless.  We humans did not create earthquakes, nor did we create tsunamis.  We did not bring this on ourselves. 

The developing crisis with the nuclear power plants is a completely different mess.  We did not create nuclear reactions.  But someone did put together highly concentrated uranium, to build nuclear power plants.  Presumably it started from curiosity, followed by a desire to harness the tremendous power within, for the benefit of mankind.  Here we ignore, generously, its evil twin - the nuclear weapons.  In the process, we humans have created a monster which we cannot completely control.  It is a disaster that we did bring on ourselves.


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