Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Immense Information

The human race cannot exist with nuclear weapons.

Icchio Itoh

Halloween is coming. I recall one Halloween in NYC when I saw a young boy go into a grocery store and purchase a dozen eggs. I thought nothing of it until I saw him carefully remove the eggs from the carton and put them in a plastic bag. He started to walk into the park. I asked him what he was going to do with the eggs. He said they were for defense. I asked him what he meant by that and he replied that if the other guy throws eggs at him he would have some to throw back. I said that it wasn't defense. He looked quizzically.
So I reasoned if the guy throws an egg at you and you throw one back then he knows you have eggs. Maybe next time he'll throw a stone and that means you have to collect some stones to throw back. Now what if he gets some of his buddies to help him collect his stones and throw them? Then you have to get some of your buddies to help you. And what if one of his buddies brings a slingshot? Now the stones are coming fast, and they hurt. Now what will you do if you don't have a slingshot? Maybe you get a bow and some arrows for protection. But when they see the arrows coming one of them gets a gun and fires it back. You have to get a gun. Now things are getting very dangerous and someone gets shot. That has to be paid back by someone on the other side being shot and maybe killed. Now, all of a sudden there's gang warfare. And it all started with an egg
The best thing to do if the eggs start flying is to put up a barricade, or stay home.

So here we are ready to blow each other off the face of the globe in the name of "protection," "defense," "securing our freedoms."

"Peace in the world
Or the world in pieces."
Pete Seeger