Our old wisdom when we lived on a tiny plot of the vast Earth is no longer adequate to deal with the tsunami of experiences and deluge of knowledge that is flooding over us today! We are increasingly aware that our understanding of the world is not limited and static. We must realize that all of our “knowledge” is interpreted and that nobody knows everything about anything. Therefore, dialogue is the path to building a bridge toward peace and understanding of others.
In this article, Rabbi Jim Rudin ponders the question of whether or not race played a role in President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Rabbi Rudin served as a U.S. Air Force chaplain in Japan in the early 1960’s. His duties included serving servicemen and families at the American Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Imagine, if you will, a chance meeting between three historically significant “revolutionary teachers” on the plains of ancient Antioch, and you have this whimsical account skillfully delivered by Demetrios J. Constantelos (as translated from the Greek by Sophia Demas). Those interested in the personalities of history and what they may have thought in relation to other figures and events will find this essay both entertaining and didactic.