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Archaeology Uncovering the Great Forgetting

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For 13 days in October of 1962, our civilization was poised on the edge of nuclear destruction. American president John F. Kennedy and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev engaged in a faceoff. The world watched as the Cold War escalated precariously toward the brink of what was then called the Doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction. That was the tactic employed by both superpowers, called Second Strike Capability, that would enable them to destroy each other with intercontinental ballistic missiles, no matter who fired first. In the last 12,000 years, it was probably the closest human civilization has ever come to annihilation.

Stalker in gas mask (Sergey Nivens/ Adobe Stock)

Stalker in gas mask ( Sergey Nivens / Adobe Stock )

The Aftermath

Imagine, for a moment, during those tumultuous days someone had lived in a small, primitive backwater of the world, perhaps high up in a distant mountain range, deep in the Amazon forest, or off on a small island somewhere in the midst of the sea. What if things had gone differently? One day that person would have been simply living his life, perhaps walking down a well-trodden pathway, thinking about whatever it was that occupied his days. The next moment, a far-off war, fought by countries he had never heard of, changed his world forever.

The effects of nuclear winter alter the climate, perhaps even the very air he breathes. Smoke and ash circulating through the upper atmosphere blot out the sun and his crops fail. A strange sickness devastates his family and the small community of which he is a part. How will he grow vegetables? How will he find food? How will he survive?  Worse yet, if he is of a religious mind, he would have spiritual questions. Can he trust that this was just a cosmic accident, or has something he has done here on earth somehow influenced how he was treated by the gods of his universe? What did he do to deserve this? How to appease his deities so this won't happen again? Should he build an altar or a temple of worship?

Apocalypse (sdecoret / Adobe Stock)

Apocalypse (sdecoret / Adobe Stock )

All around him there are signs and signals that things will never be the same. As far as he knows, his life is starting over again. Even though he does not fully understand the immense repercussions, even though he may have never been aware of the majority of humankind who were once familiar with cars and telephones, who once flew the friendly skies and traversed the globe, who once gathered around TV sets and radios, who once took the good life for granted, much of that urban population is now gone.

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 Jim Willis  is author of nine books on religion and spirituality, he has been an ordained minister for over forty years while working part-time as a carpenter, the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director and adjunct college professor in the fields of World Religions and Instrumental Music. He is author of Supernatural Gods: Spiritual Mysteries, Psychic Experiences, and Scientific Truths and  Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths, and the Conspiracy of Silence

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By  Jim Willis

Comments

Let me be one of the first Citizen's of planet Earth to make this perfectly clear. Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapon of terrorism. NO MATTER WHO POSSESS THEM.
It is the moral responsibilty of all intelligent citizen's of our ONLY HOME TO DEMAND A COMPLETE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT BY ALL COUNTRIES. If wars are to be fought then CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION BE ALLOWED. WAR IS TERRORISM. WE AS A WORLD MUST DECLARE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ILLEGAL. AND ANYONE POSSESSING THESE WEAPONS BE PROSECUTED AS TERRORIST. THEIR COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENTAL BODY TO BE OVERSEEN BY THE WORLD TRIBUNAL. SENTENCING GUIDELINES SHOULD REFLECT CURRENT GUIDE LINES FOR PEOSECUTED TERRORIST. CITIZENS OF SAID COUNTRY BE HELD HARMLESS OF THEIR LEADER'S CRIMES OF TERRORISM. IT'S NOT JUST FUNDAMENTALLY ILLEGAL. IT'S INSANITY. IT'S TIME TO RID OUR SOCIETY OF THIS CRIMINALISTIC PERVERSION OF CIVILIZED COUNTRIES BELIEVING THEY HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO HOUSE AND POSSES WEAPONS OF TERRORISM.
IT'S TIME TO THINK ABOUT OUR EVOLUTION AND JOURNEY INTO A PROSPEROUS FUTURE.
ENOUGH OF THIS BRAIN WASHED PROGRAMMING BY MENTALLY DISTURBED MEN AND EVIL AGENDAS.
GOD NEVER GAVE ANYONE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY A PLANET THAT CREATES IT'S OWN LIVING HABITAT TO ALLOW TRILLIONS OF LIFE FORMS TO FLOURISH. ITS A WAR CRIME TO FACILITATE A LEGAL INSTRUMENT ALLOWING TERRORISM TO BE LEGAL BY SOPHISTICATED COUNTRIES CREATING A ILLEGAL INSTRUMENT MAKING IT LEGAL IN THE MINDS OF WAR MONGERS AND CRIMINALS HIDING BEHIND THEIR COUNTRIES FLAGS AND CONSTITUTION.

Idk if this is realistic. Just because both countries had enough WMDs to destroy eachother does not mean they would have all been fired, and even if they were, most would be fired at the other superpower and not at other countries. Most of the world would not have experienced nuclear fire. While some of the effects would have affected the globe, there are many rural and isolated places that would remain mostly unaffected.

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