The nuclear threat has terrified me since, at the age of 11, I watched the horrific BBC film Threads, which depicts a nuclear attack on Sheffield of all places. It was so grim. But if the ‘cold war’ was scary, then the nuclear scene of the 21st century is potentially terrifying.
Here is a reflection on the nuclear threat that offers a positive perspective. It was written by my hero, the Chabad Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson:
Even from the most horrible things we can learn great lessons. From the threat of nuclear destruction we can learn several things about how to rearrange the world for the good:
You don’t need great armies – it can take a single act.
You don’t have to understand how it works – just what button to press.
It doesn’t matter who does it – as long as he presses the right button.
From the smallest things come the biggest changes.
Tremendous power has always been there – it needs only be revealed.
…and since all this has been discovered in our generation, it must be of particular relevance to us.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend. I’ll be giving another speech at Eton College on Sunday. I’m looking forward to that.
Update: here’s a photo of me at Eton this morning.