Tuesday, August 6, 2013

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on the Transfiguration of Hiroshima

Chronicles' Aaron D. Wolf reminds us that the "dawning of the nuclear age gave us new fears and changed our imaginations" — Staring at Hiroshima From Babel.

For the former, it was a "great advance in the triumph of ruthless, non-moral utilitarianism over the old world of ethical law." The latter said, "Such explosives in men's hands, while their moral and intellectual status is declining, is about as useful as giving out firearms to all inmates of a gaol and then saying that you hope 'this will ensure peace.'"

Of course, they were not alone among right-thinking people, and there was a time on these shores when "[t]he indefensibility of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima [was] becoming a part of the national conservative creed," as this blogger noted five years ago — Old Rightist Voices Against Atomic Mass Murder.

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