In today’s news, Obama took a strong and positive stance against nuclear weapons. Reported as follows:
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama promised today to seek a world with “no nuclear weapons,” end the War in Iraq and launch “a new chapter of American engagement” in world affairs. “The Obama Administration will double foreign assistance to $50 billion,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said. New consulates will open and more Americans will be deployed in foreign service instead of as soldiers, Obama said. >>more
For someone who grew up under the threat of nuclear war, I am gratified to hear a candidate taking a stand about such a serious problem, about which politicians appear to have become so apathetic that you never hear them mention it.
I remember clearly, in the early 1950’s, doing shelter drills in school– ironic as hiding under your desk with your hands over your head was going to do exactly nothing to help with a direct hit of a nuclear war head. And in the 1960s it was even worse. People were building bomb shelters in their basements. The news was so full of nuclear threat we were riveted to do it.
But you just don’t hear about it at all anymore. To read the newspapers you’d think we completely handled the problem. Not so. We’ve just become so apathetic about it that no one thinks about it anymore.
But the threat is no less real now than it was then.
In 1950 when L. Ron Hubbard wrote Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health he began the book with these words:
“A science of mind is a goal which has engrossed thousands of generations o Man. Armies, dynasties and whole civilizations have perished for the lack of it. Rome went to dust for the want of it. China swims in blood for the need of it. And down in the arsenal is an atom bomb, its hopeful nose full-armed in ignorance of it.”
I am very happy to see Obama taking up this issue.
But I firmly believe that to really reverse this and the other problems that face us today, it is vital that this science of the mind be more broadly known and used. (NB. In June, David Miscavige –Chairman of the Board of RTC) released a beautiful new version of this book. It is available online through Bridge Publications).