Sixty-two years ago today, there was even more suffering in the world than usual. Some historians and pundits claim that the overall suffering would have been prolonged and ultimately worse if we hadn't used the Bomb(s), but no one really knows. It did wrap things up pretty quickly.
Still, wouldn't you think that after such an immeasurably destructive and horrific war, mankind would see the error of his collective ways and find more intellectual methods to settle disputes? But no, just five years later we were killing and being killed in Korea, soon to be followed by Vietnam.Why does there have to be war? Why can't we all just get along (thank you, Rodney King)? Until the late 20th century, I suppose the innate, primitive, testosterone-driven quest for territory explains much of the conflicts. But today, the predominate conflicts seem different from any previous ones. It can't be explained by the quest for territory, unless you count space in "heaven" as territory, and consider that space limited. Now, I am a 100% Atheist, so it's difficult for me to figure out how any religion can offer to reward its adherants for killing as many people as possible.
Well, this is depressing. I think I'll sign off and go read Josh's post again. Yummy!