Friday, August 7, 2015

A Bit About Chernobyl

Veritasium visits Chernobyl

I assume anyone with the slightest interest in such things is well aware of Chernobyl now. But I still find it fascinating. The glimpses people give when they visit of a world that has moved on from us. While there is always an element of wish fulfillment at play in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fascination, I think Chernobyl brings out another facet: it puts us in our place. Humanity is both dominant and fragile. We can harness forces that are literally invisible and nearly unimaginable, yet those same forces can kill us very, very easily. That small, poisoned section of Ukraine shows us a parallel world that thankfully never came to pass, and yet some are still drawn to it. I suppose I'm one.

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