Syllabus and opening epigraphs.
Upon looking in the class syllabus there where three short entries that are at the beginning two of the three are the first things that had caught my attention. The first was by Ken Kesney counter cultural figure and author of the 1962 novel “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” This first quote was taken out of his 1964 novel “Sometimes a Great Notion”
“Suburban survivors of Hiroshima described the blast as a ‘Mighty boom, like a locomotive followed by a long, loud
train roaring past, fading gradually away to a murmur.’ Wrong. They describe only the ear’s inaccurate report. For that mighty boom was only the first faintest murmur of an explosion that is still roaring down on us and always will be….
For the reverberation often exceeds through silence the
sound that sets it off; the reaction occasionally outdoes
by way of repose the event that stimulated it; and the past not uncommonly takes a while to happen, and some long time to figure out.”
Reading this I disagree and agree with Kensey at the same time The first few lines of the quote describe the experience of the survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima as a magnificent sound like a train. Kensey goes on to say that this is wrong and that they describe an ear’s inaccurate report. This is the part of the quote that I de not agree with as Kensey who was only 10 at the time of this event was not there but thousands of miles away in the U.S. Kensey is not one to say what those people heard or saw, but on the other had the rest of the entry is where he in my point of view he redeems himself. In this part of the quote Ken Kensey tells of the horror that will or could impact future generations. This action will always be on the shoulders of not only the American people who dropped the atom bomb, but also the rest of the world who will live in its quite but deadly shadow for the rest of our time here on earth. The consequences of those actions still haunt us as not only a nation but also in a world that is constantly plagued by war and violence.
The ramifications of the bomb were far greater than anyone at the time could imagine. The action that took place in as little as 10 seconds change not only the way that we conduct warfare but also American culture itself. In our class on the first day we are introduced to songs of a jazzy style what are all influenced the power of the atomic bomb. Kensey was viewing the still current impact from that day nearly 20 years after the fact.
The 2nd entry in the syllabus is by an unknown author.
“The bomb has dropped, and we are the mutants.”
I believe that this entry is by far the most powerful one of the three. Although it was sort in length but I don’t think it needed to be any longer. The quote shows just how cruel the human spirit can be. The medaforicalizm is so true in this quote, but my only question is what kind of mutants are we, and what people count as them?
A history of bombing- Sven Lindqvist readings
Thread 1 “Bang, you’re dead”
“ I got you!” reads one of the first lines in the section. Reading this first thread reminded me of when I was a child growing up in South Bend IN, in the early to late 1990’s. We would make anything in to a weapon and play guns, me and my friend’s favorite thing to use a pretend weapon or gun was the bamboo that grew in my back yard as a child. (Yes bamboo does not only grow in China). “I got you” is almost the exact thing that we would say (I don’t remember exactly what its was maybe like your dead). Like the kids in the thread we would run around our neighborhood and play this for hours until it was time to come in for dinner. The other quote that struck me was “Don’t play like that” we however were never told that such thing. “If everyone plays war” “there will be war”. I was also never told the either. The last line of the entry goes on to say “And she was quite right-there was. This led me to ask myself a question “If...
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