Doomsday Clock is Trending, and It’s Not About the Comic Book

Read the Washington Post story here.  We’re 30 seconds closer to midnight according to the group that does this.  In other words, we’re as close to a global catastrophe now as we were in 1953.

I don’t know if this announcement is meant to chide the powers that be to get serious about avoiding nuclear war.  If so, I don’t know if it will have the desired affect.  My hope is that it doesn’t make more people think “see, nuclear war with North Korea is inevitable, so we might as well go first.”

We are not past the event horizon when it comes to a war no sane human wants.  I don’t know how to get the Kim regime to give up the nukes it certainly has.  I don’t now how detente would work or what it would look like.  Neither do most people.  But some people have ideas.  Some people are working towards solutions.  Those people need time, and they need the support of the President of the United States, who, if you believe certain other so-called experts, is considering surgical nuclear (!) strikes to Kim’s nuclear infrastructure.

Taking out that infrastructure may end up being necessary, but there’s no consensus, it seems, on if Kim’s network is too decentralized for a such a plan to work.  In either case, why are we talking about using nuclear warheads for this kind of operation?

Like I said, I don’t know what the solution is, but whatever it is, I’m know it must not involve preemptive nuclear war.

I didn’t know we’d lose 30 seconds on the clock today when I posted this prompt and fledgling poem on the other blog earlier this week.

I’m too young to have ever knowingly practiced more than one air raid drill, but I’m old enough to remember being afraid of the Cold War melting down.  I, for one, will not live in that kind of fear, nor will I resign myself to the inevitable “facts” of would-be seers. Neither will I live naively assume all is well and Kim won’t do terrible things with his own arsenal.

I’m a writer and a preacher and a storyteller.  What can I do?  Maybe you’re a teacher or a banker or a doctor or a nurse or a truck driver or an athlete or a factory worker.  What can do you?

That’s an open question.  What can each of us do so that this long prelude to something is not a prelude to war?  I’d be interested in your thoughts, even if they’re provisional.



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