Nuclear weapons ban on the horizon

Nearly seven decades after nuclear bombs obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an international process to achieve a legal ban on nuclear weapons is starting to take shape.

A development of historic dimensions is beginning to energize the otherwise lethargic nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime. Nearly seven decades after nuclear bombs obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an international process to achieve a legal ban on nuclear weapons is starting to take shape.

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  1. Ian Turnbull

    Dear Cesar Jaramillo … thanks for this hopeful article. I followed you argument and can of course concur with the need to make the complete and irreversible elimination of nuclear weapons our primary intention.
    I have no experience with the diplomatic or legal processes involved in this quest, but I do feel I have insights to contribute to this whole subject, which are simply about how we need to develop an whole and wholesome view of the Atomic World. To my mind, the scientific approach needs enlarging, so as to include subjective data, instead of excluding it, as it presently does. This then illuminates the universal nature of the particle world, shows how similar it is to our own. In this moment, the weapons start to look strangely vulnerable, more than we have so far dared to consider.

    I am prompted to comment on your article on this Science for Peace web site because I find myself developing a distinctly Canadian view of the Atomic World and nuclear power: Being as-it-is a synthesis of our scientific knowledge of the atom allied with a sense of the whole living nature of our Universe, being the insight and wisdom coming through the hedge from the First Nations people.

    A key feature of ‘my contribution’ concerns the way we look down into the realm of the atomic particles with a covert colonial attitude. This attitude is hard to isolate and identify because it is incorporated seamlessly into the scientific method. This ‘hidden attitude’ is not native to Canada so much as has been inherited from the British/European ‘scientific explorers’ who initially discovered the particle/Atomic World, and described it to modern society.

    To say that again. The insight I am seeking to make clear concerns our imperial/Western/European way of seeing the particle world. Without quite realising it, we are working in the Atomic World as colonists. The same consciousness that took Britain and other European nations to colonise Africa and the Americas, now has exclusive authority over how we see and think about the Atomic World. This is an awkward insight to communicate, challenging as it does the vast rank and wealth of knowledge generated by the scientific method. But I believe a long-term solution to the weapons issue requires us to look again at how we look into the Atomic World.

    As a way of illuminating the imperious nature of our view of the Atomic World, I would refer you and others to the fairly topical saga of the Residential Schools, which were created by the Canadian Governments of yesteryear, to educate the children of the First Nations people. It is only in recent years, since about the 1960’s, that the devastating effects of this schooling system on the Aboriginal people of Canada has been fully realised. The policy to develop the Residential Schools was a direct consequence of the unconscious colonial attitudes that were embedded in the national government. There has been a concerted effort in recent decades, to apologise and recompense the First Nations for this virtual fissioning of their culture, and promises given that it would never happen again.

    But look down the stairwell of this our shared universal home, and see how we are once again up to our ears in an whole new colonial endeavour: which sees the bands of atomic particles who dwell in this smaller to us landscape, and then treats them with the same disdain as was metered out to the Indian bands. We need to look with civil eyes, with civilian eyes, rather than soldier’s and scientist’s eyes at what is going on in this “next floor down” of our shared universal home.
    Because the particles are so small to us, we have entirely neglected to pay attention to the many signals coming from our nuclear work, which indicate their social and sentient nature. In this context, radiation deserves our social curiosity, being as it is an enormous discharge of negative emotional energy. It is clearly an expression of the immense pain and suffering of the particles who have passed through the fission process. The analogy of it being identical to the feelings of pain and despair of the First Nations children who passed through the Residential Schools needs our attention.

    The ‘nuclear nations’ are prosperous and powerful because we choose not to concern ourselves with the subjective and mythic and symbolic and spiritual nature of the atomic particles – who are as the aboriginal indigenous population of the Atomic World. History is repeating itself. We are repeating ourselves.
    Yes, it is a challenge for our imagination to start thinking of the particle world as sentient. But I would suggest it is more useful to develop this inquiry, than keep the door closed.

    So while I read of the call arising from the Conference in Mexico, for the elimination of all nuclear weapons, I think there are more immediate and simpler perceptions, of the whole living nature of the particle world, waiting to be realised and brought to the surface, brought into our discussions.

    I have developed a web site nucleargodeeper dot com which seeks to highlight the rewards of observing universal phenomena with both a scientific/Western mind-set (which excels at see the objecting nature of things) and with indigenous aboriginal eyes (which are good at valuing subjective effects).
    The outcome of this ‘dualistic approach’ is that we once again get to see the “holographic nature” of our Universe: which the ancients knew by the simple phrase: “As above, so below”. The ‘holographic principle’ in turn helps us see the universal nature of the particle world. And this flags up the universal nature of us humans, of us Humanity.

    The ‘Science for Peace’ web site is an excellent venue to host this kind of discussion. While we have a remarkable detailed knowledge of the physics of the atom, it is the metaphysics of the Atomic World, of this next level of life in our shared universal home, that really deserves our curiosity. I have written several times to the nuclear authorities (like NWMO), recommending this line of inquiry. They have already adopted a policy to consult with First Nations representative, as they develop their plans for an underground repository to contain the highly radioactive waste from Canada’s reactors. It is a step in the right direction, along a path that I feel we are obliged to explore and develop.

    Canada is in a favoured position, more than the other nuclear nations, with this symbolic partnership with the First Nations people enshrined in the Constitution. It feels like we have on hand a reservoir of universal awareness, that is waiting to be drawn upon. Whereas other nations, like England and Japan, have virtually eradicated indigenous knowledge from their cultures, and look trapped to only ever see the Atomic World through colonist’s eyes.

    I see this as the “next generation” of insight and conceptual thinking waiting to be applied to our nuclear work. Scientific inquiry has brought us to a place which now needs us to add in our experiential knowledge of the nuclear processes. Then the whole and wholesome nature of the particle world can slowly becomes visible to our imagination.

    I’ll go on to say that I believe the reward of integrating a scientific and indigenous/spiritual awareness of the Atomic World – is the distinct possibility that we will then have the insight to create a process that can address (‘heal’ is the better word) the phenomena of radiation. If this proves possible, then the nuclear weapons will also become mutable.
    The phrase that seems to sum up this approach is … “The only way out is to go in deeper”.

    We have sought to develop collective energetic (spiritual) technologies that can address the effect we know as radiation here at Findhorn, but with limited success. I think our process is correct, but we are too few, and without any technical support, to take this inquiry much further.
    This whole approach requires a collective endeavour. Similar to that which split the atom in the first place. This is what I am seeking to advocate/encourage/promote in my postings here and elsewhere.

    Anyone else looking along this path, I wonder. It is not so easy to see at first. And then I think it becomes obvious. I wish the Church(es) would involve themselves more. They traditionally have experience of working in this metaphysical landscape. It is challenging for everyone, to shift from a purely materialistic view of nuclear power and the Atomic World, and begin to see the nuclear subject and particle world in terms of the family nature of our Universe.
    This wider and deeper view gives us room to manoeuvre, and come to the weapons from another direction, perhaps to find their soft underbelly.
    Okay. This is my best understanding and contribution to the concern we all have for the weapons.

    Thanks for your post. And good wishes for your enterprise in this challenging field.

    Ian Turnbull. Findhorn. Scotland.


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