A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall ~ Chernobyl

This post is on a serious note. I came across this story and documentation of the aftermath of radiation from Chernobyl, its survivors and the children born from its meltdown. What is being built today, who promises the safety of our future? Nuclear energy is a resource, but it is not sustainable and the containers which house its energy are impermanent and flawed. When they fail … it is devastating, grief filling our hearts, toxins spilling into our waters, seeping into our soil and poisoning our air. The damage from radiation is immeasurable. “Oh radiation you are a deadly disease, a vapid pandemic unrestrained and born in the mind, bones and tissues of your victims.” And there is nothing which can be done. There is no cure available for the tragedy of suffering, and no measure for its toxic shelf life, as it lives on and on and on in the very microbes of existence.

Is there an argument against nuclear energy? Yes. Is it a viable and necessary argument? Yes. Do the benefits nuclear energy provides outweigh its dangers? I don’t believe so. For when it breaks – and it surely breaks, there is no turning back. It marks us and we know it as a power truly beyond our control. We are playing with fire and control is an illusion. We play the sleeping giant is under our care and no harm shall come to the hamlet of our land. Have we not after all, safeguarded and provided every safety net available for containment and well-being? Yet, as in the realm of myth, the giant awakens, the hamlet is threatened; damaged and suffering. What risks do we run when concerns for nuclear giants are relegated to antiquated myth? Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima.

As human beings we are gifted with being stewards. It is the gift which comes with the embodiment and capacity for consciousness beyond instinct and survival of the species. It moves through I Am to We Are.  We are given to be grand participants in the nurturing and husbandry of a planet and her inhabitants; ensuring the protection and honor of all life as intrinsically valuable to the whole ~ past, present and future. This is a blessed life, in a sacred world, upon a delicate planet. Wouldn’t it be best served for us all to remember ~ remember who we are, what we are here for and how we can best serve the Grand Design of such a priceless and irreplaceable gift.

“Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice…
Light their way
When the darkness surrounds them
Give them love
Let it shine all around them…
Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from the storm
Keep them safe
Keep them warm…”

*Please note this video contains disturbing images as well as a tragic story. We must all know, see and hear, if for no other reason than to bear witness to our brothers and sisters. We need each other and walk the same path of humanity.

“We are all human; therefore, nothing human can be alien to us.”  – Maya Angelou

… even if what is done to us alters the boundaries of humanity.

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2 thoughts on “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall ~ Chernobyl

  1. Sadh bakshish,
    Thank you for posting Earth Song and Chernobyl Legacy. I’ve finally begun writing the book for teens, and the first Question (not chapters) is, “Does the world have to be the way it is?” I’m going to include multi-media materials, and both Earth Song and Chernobyl Legacy will be in among them. Thank you for the sensitivity and compassion that prompted your sharing.

    If anyone wants to read what war is really like for both soldiers and civilians and understand better why we do it, I recommend Chris Hedges’ “War is a Force That Gives us Meaning.” Strong stuff but it helps me understand why human pursue war.

  2. Thanks Louthea. . . and for your dedication and passion in educating and connecting with youth. Listening, teaching, inviting dialogue and creative soulful exploration of who they are as intelligent compassionate people. I am always delighted when our paths cross.

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