Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Theme Thursday - Late

Somewhere on my bookshelves, tucked in beside a volume of Steinbeck, I have a first edition of John Hersey’s book Hiroshima.
It looks just like this:




If you have not read it, do. Do, and you will hear of of things you already know but don’t often think of these days.

You will read of the mission of a now-famous airplane:





The Enola Gay.


And you will hear of this:




It’s called “Little Boy” – such an innocent-sounding name for such a deadly thing. On August 6, 1945, “Little Boy” was dropped from the Enola Gay at 8:15 a.m. over Hiroshima, Japan.






The devastation that resulted was unspeakable. It was so horrible that I cannot bring myself to post pictures of the living creatures – human and otherwise – who suffered. For those, it is way too late to say “I’m Sorry.”



For those of us who are here today to read of this, I wonder. Can we learn from our past? Can we ever find peace? Will we ever demand peace?



Is it too late?

24 comments:

Skip Simpson said...

I like to think I'm a "cockeyed optimist." I believe that someday, the world will realize it is better to live in harmony and understanding. As John Lennon once said, "All we are saying is give peace a chance."

otin said...

I am a firm believer that there will never be peace on earth when it comes to humans. It is just improbable. I would love to be wrong on that one!

Alan Burnett said...

Powerful post. And to answer your final question. Hopefully not. A happy and a peaceful TT

Wendy said...

My 92-yr old Great Aunt was married to an officer in the Army who got stationed in Japan about a year after the bomb. My Aunt, a very dignified lady, stated to me, "We bombed the Hell out of them you know." She said they didn't even have drinking water, and she was there barely a year after. She said it was just AWFUL...

We always have hope, but we also always end up having conflict...

The older I get, the less optimistic I become.
...

Wendy said...

Your last comments got me thinking...
How exactly does one "demand" peace?
Are you willing to fight for it...?
...
Again, we humans typically end up having conflict...

Sandra Leigh said...

I want Skip's world. Frankly, I don't think we're going to get that world, people being people, but I don't think I could function without at least some of that optimism.

Ronda Laveen said...

I stand for peace too. I hold that thought against all the naysayers. Someone has to.

tony said...

They Say An Atomic Explosion Is One Of The Most Beautiful Sights In The World (from the safe distance of the plane that drops the Bomb).How Strange & Terrible beauty can be sometimes.......
Great TT post
Regards
Tony.

Brian Miller said...

a sobering yet poignant post. peace, i hope. happy tt!

Poetikat said...

Wow. This was a great reminder of not just Hiroshima, but all the atrocities we, as human beings have perpetrated on our own. It's so sad, isn't it?
Never too late to try and change.

R.J. Edwards said...

I hope we learn from our past. At times it seems we're just doomed to repeat it, ie the war in Iraq & Afghanistan. But we can't give up hope. Miracles happen.

Jill said...

I too...pray for peace but believe I will never see it in my lifetime. Self serving humans will never stand for peace.

Wings said...

Never to late for the human race.

I hope.

JeffScape said...

You hear of the Japanese man that survived both blasts? Now that's insanity.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

It takes a lot of people demanding peace to be heard...by setting example. -J

Rebecca said...

I continue to pray for peace....

Colette Amelia said...

I sure hope not for if it is too late we will all suffer and not just by our suffering we have today...unemployment, bancruptcy, mental illness, divorce, crime, hopelessness.

maybe we need to suffer a little more before we say enough! Hopefully we don't wait too long.

Kris said...

We're getting there.

Dreamhaven said...

A crime in a time
Wnen all hope seemed gone.
A wave of destruction
Eons long
Too late to change,
To late to cry.
To make amends
We can only try.

Nancy said...

Hi, I'm here via Otin's blog after reading your excellent story. We once had neighbors that named their daughter Enola Gay. Can you imagine? It was years later, and I was much older before I realized where that strange name originated.

tori said...

here from Otin's blog. I enjoyed the story you wrote that Otin reposted. I'll be following.

Baino said...

Very thoughtful Angel May. I've just been watching the news and how the British particularly are annoyed at the lack of strategy in Afghanistan after losing another one of their own. I don't know, will we ever learn. Sadly I don't think so.

Jessie said...

Hi Angela, just came from Otin's place -- loved your story you allowed him to post.

This piece is also very good.

You have a wonderful gift. I'm glad Otin recommended you.

smiles,

AngelMay said...

Welcome to everybody new - and hugs to everybody who has already been around and decided to stay. I'm really glad you are all here.