Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fukushima... Hiroshima... Transfiguration

This Sunday's readings describe the Transfiguration, whose solemnity is marked on the same anniversary as the events depicted below in Barefoot Gen (1983), written by Hibakusha Keiji Nakazawa, based on his own experiences:


Zac Alstin not long ago wrote an article in which he argued that "[d]ropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki taught America that morality was irrelevant" — Truman was right — and recently emailed me that "the situation in Japan has touched on many powerful themes," continuing,
    I'm not yet sure how to interpret them, but images of such massive destruction, as well as fears for nuclear facilities, are stirring memories of things we would collectively prefer to forget. The apparently inflated panic that fallout may be carried to the US is an interesting fear to analyse. As you know, I suspect the West has harboured hidden fears of Japanese 'fallout' for a long time. Food for thought.

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