Saturday, May 21, 2011

NEAR QUOTE

I just heard this on the CBS nightly news, and it's a translation that I'm not going to get verbatim but at least the gist of it. A Japanese farmer was being interviewed about his farm being in the radiation zone and his crops being no longer safe. When asked who he thought was to blame, he said something close to this:

"Ultimately it is the fault of every citizen who cared more about the convenience nuclear power provided than they did about the threat hovering over the future."

More eloquent than I'm capturing, but still pretty resonant for our own country, and for the world for that matter.

5 comments:

harryn said...

Beautifully stated ...
Refreshing to hear a member of that culture's working class make such an eloquent pronouncement without blaming the government, a political party, or the wrath of some angry deity ...

Lally said...

my sentiments exactly

Anonymous said...

we are the architects of our own demise

Robert Berner said...

Well, does not some of the blame also lie with whoever it was who came up with the slogan, "Electricity too cheap to meter," and with the executives of Westinghouse and Allis-Chalmers and other of the "Gentlemen Conspirators" of the 60s who fixed the prices on the equipment that generated the electricity from the steam produced by the water that was boiled by nuclear reactors designed and manufactured by Westinghouse and General Electric, not to mention the mining companies who dug up the uranium that fueled the reactors? and this is just the start of an indictment, eh?
Bob B.

Lally said...

Good points Bob, but the farmer still had it right, especially for the Japanese, which made it so poignant.