The Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico is being threatened by a huge wildfire. The wildfire threat is not new but the danger is. This time, the fire threatens to burn down the facility that contributes to a major extent in American nuclear research. The fire which has already consumed 90,000 acres will be at its deadliest if it touches the Los Alamos laboratory. Historically, America’s first atomic bomb was produced here. Apart from the legacy, remnants from the past also are stocked up here. 30,000 drums of plutonium contaminated waste (supposedly from the cold-war era) lie in the area awaiting transportation. If the fire reaches this storage area, the resultant fire/ explosion could send radioactive radiation flying in the surrounding American air for thousands of years to come.
Just the thought of the huge disaster unnerves me. As the government and the disaster prevention agencies pacify the nation with their reports of safety and the “situation being under control,” thousands have been forcibly evacuated from the high-profile town.
How do events like this happen? Did they never anticipate any danger? Scientists are clever and intelligent. The age-old radioactive waste should have been disposed off decades back. But it was not. Now danger stalks them right in the face. How do we understand this?
It is mentioned that the demoniac engage in activities that seem to be very advanced but in reality, these activities only lead to the destruction of the world (Ref. Bhagavad Gita 16.9). Who are these demoniac people? Are they the ones with protruding canines from the sides of their mouths. No! Totally devoid of any such physical symptoms, these are the educated top-brass who are atheistic in nature. Not believing in the reality of this world, ever eager to defy the existence of God, these sophisticated vandals concoct their own version of truth. These demoniac people (looking very gentlemanly with their pin-striped suits) in attempts to control the world and enjoy it, actually wreak havoc in the lives of innocent people. What was seen as a tool to meet their own needs for world dominance at one point of time 50 years back is beckoning the country as a potential disaster that will impact lives for decades to come. The shock from the Fukushima disaster has not even subsided and a second threat already is indicating something similar. To top it all, both these disasters are taking place in the most advanced nations of the planet.
We can only hope that such horrible disasters serve to awaken the good sense in these educated but horrible pursuers of science. Even if they sit quietly and just do not use their brains for anything, will serve humanity tremendously-much more than anything else they have ever accomplished.
On 30 May 2011, Germany formally announced plans to abandon nuclear energy completely within the next 11 years. Some seven nuclear power plants closed for maintenance will stay so and nine more currently operational will be phased out in another 10-11 years. Coming in the wake of the recent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan the reforms are not all welcome by neighboring nations. Some nations are skeptical about the increased consumption of coal to offset the gap in German power production. Some are wary of Germany’s proactive measures seeing it as mere politicizing. Germany itself is optimistic about being forced to research renewable energy resources as a result of this decision.
Nuclear power has always been the centre of controversy. Some are positive about it while the sanguine keep their fingers crossed. Dangers associated with nuclear power are so many that they offset more than the advantages proposed. Advocates argue on the single point of almost nil CO2 emissions, which is a critical factor in modern times. But, also critical is public safety and environmental concerns about nuclear waste disposal. Worldwide, nations are struggling to handle nuclear waste. Some have even created underground geological depositories (huge mine-like hollow structures where the waste will be stored). When one begins to comprehend the huge shadows of danger lurking overhead, one’s false hopes of a green planet crash. Imagine a planet which is green and clean but permeated with nuclear radiation. What good would it be?
When will this shortsighted madness stop?
Can we not just stop demanding more and more electricity? Can we not just cool our heels and stop this mad lust for consumption? Seems next to impossible. So, what is the solution? Resign ourselves to the decisions of mindless short-sighted scientists who are comfortably confident about nuclear power being the answer for all our energy needs?
We have to think and re-think—how much is too much? How much should I consume? To my heart’s desire? To limits of my intelligence? To the thresholds of necessity? Where should I stop? One option is to mindlessly consume whatever is affordable. Another option is to afford only what is needed to be consumed. That will leave some free time to engage in introspection? Who am I? What am I doing here? Why don’t I get satisfaction when it is guaranteed with every product that I buy every month?
Maybe I need to open some books and check out some age-old wisdom. Current-age wisdom is so short-sighted. What is good today is bad tomorrow. Why am I delaying opening the Bhagavad-Gita? Why am I delaying understanding that here lies the truth open for everyone who is ready to read?
Then, even if danger strikes, I am prepared. Decay is already happening—but of my consciousness. Let me stop it. If I don’t, then radiocative decay will get it. Let me open the scriptures and meditate.