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"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."


J. Robert Oppenheimer


Spot on Yo. What I find weird is that the scientists at Los Alamos worked on the atomic bomb, KNOWING the potential for destruction. Only after the first successful detonation did they suddenly have second thoughts about it's actual use. Sort of like pulling the trigger on a gun, THEN considering other options.

Dr. Bob:

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And then they went about the business of making BIGGER, NASTIER bombs because the other guys were.

Rabelais has a point, but perhaps the death of a soul occurs in parallel with the loss of conscience.

Add any tool to lack of conscience whether it's a magnifying glass, a firearm or nuclear weapon, and you will have trouble via misuse.

Weapons of mass destruction are of course the worst of the bad.


Military implements are largely impotent without centralized power (i.e., politicians); in fact, were it not for the mass confiscation of resources by centralized governments, many of those implements would not exist at all. Power seems to negate conscience, & governments goad us into things we otherwise would not even consider. Of, by, & for the people? I think not.

On an unrelated note, I used the word "codpiece" in my whiff on the previous thread. Rabelais made reference to a fictional "book" on codpieces in one of his volumes on The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel. It's dumb, obscure irony, but the tangential relationship amuses me.


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