The Human Connection
In my mind I used to have this picture of the men and women running a nuclear tasked force as being formidable fighting machines. They are people who have internalized their responsibility and personally hold themselves accountable to a standard of conduct that makes them only marginally human. I posted this, just two days ago (http://goo.gl/N3oSCh
) and it had quite a collection of replies.
John Oliver's look at the nuclear response readiness of the mightiest country on the planet does not quite live up to my mental picture which makes me wonder whether the picture I have held of those who might hold nuclear weapons and are not in the readiness list (like rogue nations, and relatively small states) is any truer. Are they indeed hellbent on potentially ending the planet or are they, themselves, so painfully aware of what they have because it's so new to them that they pray they never ever have to use them and work like hell to be fit of using them?
We have, for far too long, used institutionalized symbolism and its whitewashed terminology to project a dehumanised, unempathic imagery of the most dehumanising act of all: potentially ending the planet. In the process we have forgotten that as people we are all fallible, that alone (in our offices, cubicles, stations, minds) we fall.
This you need to watch, it's about 18 minutes long and then think about what it says about us at a human level.