B-57B observing a nuclear test during Operation Redwing, Bikini Atoll, 12 July 1958

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Every time.

Each and every time I watch a nuclear warhead explosion I think to myself the same thing: how long will it be until we cannot control this any longer?

Nukes used to fascinate me. Their sheer power and energy have always interested me. One day though, someone who was watching with me asked: “I wonder how many fish we just watched die.” The truth of the matter is, it is impossible to conduct tests with nukes without some collateral damage. We have no idea how much we have poisoned from our nuclear tests. I mean, hell, how much of Nevada is contaminated with radiation?

It saddens me, really. If I’ve learned anything from the baby-boomers, I’ve learned the consequence of thinking only of ourselves. Who is to say that a desert will remain uninhabited forever? How do we sleep soundly at night, knowing that so much of our earth has been contaminated through waste and tests such as these? To what end? Now we have multiple countries all waving nukes around, and not a single one of them can be used, because the second one does, you’ll find that entire countries will begin to disappear.

The entire concept of nuclear war, nuclear tests, and nuclear waste is an incredible testament to the ignorance of our kind. We dick around with our planet like its our play-toy and think nothing of it when we *immediately* make uninhabitable several miles of land and sea for centuries. What are we doing? What needs to happen before someone in power wakes up and thinks, “you know, I have no idea why we’re spending trillions of dollars making bombs that could wipe out civilizations, instead of funding schools or making differences in the lives of people.”

So often war gets viewed from the angle of the game Risk or CoD. We see things happening in Ukraine and suddenly the cries for death begin anew. I want to believe in the human race which realizes these tests are stupid and archaic; the human race which banded together, and worked to get everyone more of what they need; the human race that finally, after decades of being warned, decided to take substantial action against climate change.

I want this current generation of young adults to be the one that takes action, and decides to be better than those who came before us.

But each and every time I watch a nuclear warhead explosion I think to myself the same thing: how long will it be until we cannot control this any longer?

Every time.

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