Particle Beams

"Luminous Quanta of Divine Intelligence…" dispelling the nuclear delusion

Remembering Nagasaki Aug 9, 1945

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PARTICLE BEAMS: Dispelling the nuclear nightmare with the laser of truth

This blog is going to be about, (sigh), nuclear weapons and how to get rid of them. I named it Particle Beams because those are lasers like the ones that they are trying to use to create Strategic Defense against incoming nuclear missiles. So far, Strategic Defense, commonly known as Star Wars, does not work. Reagan gave up a chance to make a treaty with Gorbachev for nuclear disarmament because he wouldn’t give up his Star Wars and Gorbachev wouldn’t sign any agreement as long as Star Wars was in place.

This is how disarmament always gets derailed. Fear and distrust over-ride good sense and hope. We’re afraid of the Bomb – afraid of our own shadows – and with good reason.

I believe it’s going to take something more than bean-counting to eliminate this terrible scourge that threatens to annihilate human life in seconds,  leaving the planet uninhabitable for centuries.

It’s going to require an evolutionary leaptake vision — an understanding of where the bomb came from, why it was invented, and how we can evolve out of the insane mess it has made of our so-called civilization.

Because if you look at America today – its secrecy, its lies, its domination by the military-industrial complex, its corruption, and what’s beginning to look like its inevitable demise, you can trace all that back to the invention of the Gadget.

In order to develop the vision we need to actually get rid of it (and survive), we’re going to have to bring the dread thing out of the closet, examine it, discuss it and demand that it be buried once and for all.

According to repeated surveys, two-thirds of the American public agree that nuclear weapons should be eliminated. But even then, most people just don’t want to talk about bombs over dinner.

I am here to encourage everyone to stare this gruesome thing in the face so that we can get rid of it. You know, it’s just like conquering monsters in nightmares: you have to look at them! Like the Witch in Wizard of Oz — when Judy Garland poured water on her, she melted. Just like that.

This blog, “Particle Beams,” is about piercing the delusions of the nuclear imagination and making it disperse. Just like that.

Because that is what is sustaining the whole multi-billion dollar nuclear enterprise: a delusion. The belief that this country needs 5,000 thermonuclear weapons on hair trigger alert to protect us from our enemies, who are currently a batch of ragtag terrorists lurking in the mountains of Pakistan and threatening to take 4 million American lives with a nuclear bomb to pay the US back for 4 million Muslim lives presumed to be lost as a result of American policies.

Someone should just laugh. Really. It’s beyond ridiculous. Yet here we have people like Senator John Kyl pressuring President Obama to budget more and more money for nuclear weapons “modernization” by saying “we won’t ratify that New START Treaty you finally signed with Russia unless you pay for more weapons.” Do you know that the nuclear weapons budget is already higher than it has ever been — higher than at any time during the Cold War?

I mean, life was more civilized in the sandbox, boys. Give it up!

But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) deserves an entry of his own, and he’s going to get it.This is supposed to be an introduction for heaven’s sakes! You know, “a letter to the world/that never wrote to me.” [Emily Dickinson]

For unknown reasons, I’ve been thinking about the bomb my entire life. I don’t ever want to live through what the Japanese people endured in Hiroshima or Nagasaki. I don’t want my children to live through it. I don’t want you to live through it or die in it, and I don’t even know you. Nobody should have to experience nuclear war.

People like to say that we should just forget about it. What you resist, persists, they say, bungling the words of the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who meant the opposite of this excuse for denial. He meant that if you resist your own deepest desires, they will go into your shadow but they will never go away.

Another common perspective on the bomb is that even talking about nuclear war is too negative. Let’s talk about positive things – angels, gardens, peace and cookies.

That’s another pretty excuse for denial.

Taking a stand against something negative is a positive act. Two negatives make a positive – isn’t that basic algebra? If you say NO to a very bad thing, you are putting positive energy in the right direction.

So today, on the 65th anniversary of the US bombing of Nagasaki – a completely extraneous and unnecessary act of cruelty that even freaked out J. Robert Oppenheimer – I ask you to consider for one minute what it would be like if a nuclear bomb was exploded in an American city.

If you don’t know, please go see the new movie Countdown to Zero, so that you can find out. You need to know! The way to make something dark and nasty go away is to bring it to consciousness. That is what Jung meant.

Countdown to Zero was made by the makers of An Inconvenient Truth, and it caps a worldwide effort to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all (see for example It’s very well done. You can find the movie listings at the movie’s web site.

I think you’ll agree with what we are saying here in New Mexico, where the bomb was built: “65 years is enough! IT’S TIME TO RETIRE THE BOMB.”

I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you about a great new youth movement called Think Outside the Bomb. I look forward to your comments!


Written by stephaniehiller

August 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

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    August 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

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