Is this reckless? Alarming? Unnecessary? Am I jinxing the future by putting this in writing?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder drives me to click the Google Chrome icon more often than I like. I search for a distraction—a WordPress comment, a Facebook notification, an email from a friend. I search for news. The pandemic turned me into a basket case, refreshing a graph several times a minute, watching for change. Click… breathe… breathe… breathe… click. Over and over. Anticipating the worst case scenario reduced to reflex.
I expect this headline, the nuclear bomb one, each time I open CNN. I’ve expected it from day-one. Why not? How is this different from other recent headlines? Seventy-seven years ago, the world determined use of nuclear weapons in war goes too far. The bombs dropped on Japan during World War Two killed 200,000 people—many vaporized, many poisoned, destined to die a slow death. The world agreed, indiscriminate, killing civilians simply to kill civilians. Unacceptable, on par with say, dropping bombs on refugees fleeing a country, or maybe on hundreds of children sheltered in a building. Everyone knows you don’t do that. Just like everyone knows you don’t use nukes.