Go 4 Nuclear
An engineering student's observations on nuclear power and policy

Precious Human Life

Dear Friends,

For five days now, I have watched the series of events unfold in Japan with all of you. I have been asked to comment on the situation with the nuclear reactors, and invited to attend countless discussions. Given that this is a nuclear observations blog, I’m sure you expect another description of the reactor situation, and honestly I have been trying to think of something to say on that matter for several days. But I just can’t.

I can’t bring myself to focus on the future of the nuclear industry. I want to, but I can’t. I wish I could give you an in-depth analysis of the effect this will have on nuclear growth. I wish I could provide insight on the future of current reactors and what lessons we are learning from the failures. I really want to refute the horribly erroneous statements regarding radiation releases and I promise that in a few weeks I’ll do just that; but right now, I can’t do it.

Life as we know it is still intact. We’re alive; we have homes and families and loved ones. As I write this, so many people are experiencing devastation beyond what I could have ever imagined. While trying to think of nuclear topics to write about I came across this video:

And I had to take a moment, put my head in my hands, and just be thankful that I’m here. So for all of you who are desperately trying to save the future of nuclear power, I commend you, and I thank you for your phenomenal summaries and insights. I do hope, however, that you’ve taken a moment to reflect on just how lucky you are. In the words of His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama:

“Every day,

think as you wake up

Today I am fortunate

to have woken up.

I am alive,

I have a precious human life.

I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use

all my energies to develop myself,

to expand my heart out to others,

to achieve enlightenment for

the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have

kind thoughts toward others.

I am not going to get angry,

or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others

as much as I can.”

The nuclear industry will still be here tomorrow, and we will learn great lessons from the events that have transpired. For now, my hope is that we can keep our friends in Japan in our hearts, and be thankful for all that we have.

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One Response to “Precious Human Life”

  1. Thank you for this much needed perspective, Alexis.


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