I was one year old, and, according to my mother, witnessed the blitz that changed the world and my life. I don't remember anything of that day, of course, and only faint memories of gas masks and blackouts.
Wars, certainly, are terrible. They are one of the ultimates in human tragedy. While nature--the jungle...viruses versus bacteria--has evolved through survival of the fittest, Humanity does have a special kind of social intelligence and conscience that, over time, should prevail to someday make warfare obsolete. We are not there yet, and World War II was only another example of global conflicts to come that will further change our societal structure. There will always be winners and losers. WWII nicely set the stage for the USA becoming the supreme nation in the world, and, too, also paved the way for my success in life.
The malevolence was palpable in much of the U.S., where I remember seeing black and white drinking fountains and toilets when I lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. However, non-Caucasians were definitely second-class citizens in the Territory of Hawaii.
demographics have shifted...
- In 1940 the state was 38% Japanese and 25% Caucasian.
- Today, 17% Japanese and 24% Caucasian.
More specific to me, I ascended into leadership roles at the University of Hawaii. This would almost surely not have happened before WWII. I first stepped into my Manoa Campus office in 1972, and, here, 44 years later, I'm composing this statement from my office in the Pacific Ocean and Science Structure building, for which I helped secure initial planning funds, almost 30 years ago.
best universities, with eight of the top ten (the other two are from the United Kingdom). And if you want to get physical, we have easily won the most medals in the Summer Olympics. Sure, Norway is ahead of us in the Winter Olympics...but the U.S., thankfully, is not frozen for a good part of the year.
The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold.
Yes, the 2500 deaths from the strike palled in comparison to the 250,000 (and other horrors, right) or so who died from those two bombs, but the horrific devastation served to prevent future Soviet Union and U.S. presidents to avoid any serious thoughts of a nuclear first strike, such that Humanity somehow survived the Cold War, a sign that Humanity is beginning mature.
hypernova, but I'm now really stretching my imagination. And what about aliens? I do have a 10% simple solution for world peace, but that is almost frivolously picayune relative to the magnitude and inevitability of true Universal Peace someday. In any case, the reality of today is that we live in an imperfect society on a still thriving Planet Earth:
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, again, broke its all-time record, up 36 to 19,252. Frankly, I'm confused as to why, but I shouldn't have negative thoughts, because all my endowments are doing fabulous.