CLIFF CREGO | Trinity / Earthrise -- two paths

Trinity / Earthrise—two paths [ click photo for next / buy this CliffCard | . . .


TWO IMAGES / TWO PATHS

How complicated the ways we wander
once truth is lost,

How needless the wars,
how unnecessary the waste.



We shape the world and the world shapes us.

I'd like to ask that we think together of two images,
to really take them to heart. One is the historic and
magnificent Earthrise photograph made by astronaut
Bill Anders, assisted by Buzz Aldrin, on the first
Apollo mission around the dark side of the Moon.
The other is the equally historic photograph made
but a micro-second into the beginning of
Earth's Nuclear Age at the Trinity Test of July the
16th, 1945. This was the first nuclear device ever
tested, and was the same design as the bomb dropped
a few weeks later on Nagasaki, Japan. It was upon
witnessing the immense fireball unleashed by the
bomb, hearing its sound, feeling its intense heat,
that Robert Oppenheimer, the enigmatic scientific
leader of the top-secret Manhattan Project, uttered
the prophetic phrase from the Bhavagad Gita,
"I am become Death, Destroyer of Worlds."

These two images signify for me two paths. One
I call the Trinity Path. It points in the direction
of certain self-destruction. This is the path humanity
is at present following. The other, is the Earthrise
Path
of a potential planet of peace.

The Trinity Path is not a question of fate. Neither
is it an expression of some evil force which is
somehow active in the universe. I see it as simply
a wrong turn, a mistake. I believe that a majority
of citizens of Planet Earth have seen this for some
time, now. Yet the path of Earthrise, of a new spirit
of non-violence that rejects the very concept of war
as a means of resolving conflicts of any kind,
remains elusive.

In taking these two images to heart, really trying
to understand their source, the formative forces
behind them, we become aware, I think, of the more
profound and challenging implications of non-violence.
This is non-violence seen not just as a philosophy,
but as a wholly different way of being.




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[the birds heard in background are the SPIRIT THRUSH
(also know as Spirit Thrush (Zoothera naevia) & HERMIT THRUSH
(Catharus guttatus), both recorded here in the Wallowas

ALSO heard at end of recording:
Holy Sonnet XIV, by John Donne (1572-1631)—
the poem Robert Oppenheimer called,
TRINITY . . .

[Batter My Heart, Three-Person'd God]

Batter my heart, three person'd God; for, you
As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow mee,'and bend
Your force, to breake, blow, burn and make me new.
I, like an usurpt towne, to'another due,
Labour to'admit you, but Oh, to no end,
Reason your viceroy in mee, mee should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weake or untrue.
Yet dearley'I love you,'and would be loved faine,
But am betroth'd unto your enemie:
Divorce mee,'untie, or breake that knot againe,
Take mee to you, imprison mee, for I
Except you'enthrall mee, never shall be free,
Nor ever chast, except you ravish mee.

HANFORD REACH
ETHICAL IMPERATIVES±
a meditation
on Earthrise
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WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR

"I am here not so much concerned about what is commonly
regarded as "the nuclear debate," that is, whether or not nuclear
power is necessary to address Climate Change, or whether or not
there is an irrational, exaggerated fear of the health effects of
radiation. This is because I feel that what passes for debate or
argument is really by and large what I call, conclusionary rhetoric.
This is a kind of arguing backwards and disingenuously from rigidly
held conclusions, "


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I might just mention here, following the ethical principle,
First, do no harm, I never use cars or snowmachines. I
do everything on foot, bike or ski. I think this in a
deep and direct way affects my work, and how I see
the world. So all the photos above were approached
on foot, including all the in between spaces, sometimes
involving journeys of weeks or months.

I would not want to work any other way.







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