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So you think you had a bad week…

March 25, 2009

The BBC has an unbelievable story about the only person known to have survived the WWII atomic bomb drops on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. According to the story,

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when a US plane dropped the first atomic bomb.

He suffered serious burns and spent a night there before returning to his home city of Nagasaki just before it was bombed on 9 August.

Despite having possibly had the worst four days of any living person in the 20th century, Mr. Yamaguchi sees his ordeal as a “lesson of peace for current generations.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Trinket permalink
    March 25, 2009 12:49 pm

    Is this really that surprising ? Why would anyone want to carry around resentment 70 years later ? You’d be less surprised had this elderly man said, “We should go out and get ’em! Burn in hell!”

    • March 25, 2009 1:10 pm

      Really? That’s what you got out of the post? It was a story about one man surviving two atomic bomb drops. It’s statistically unimaginable and, on a personal level, a really incredible story of luck and survival. And that the victim of these two terrible days is still urging peace is a testament to the human capacity for both forgiveness and optimism. That’s what the post was about. Why on earth would you think that I was implying that this man should still be resentful?

  2. Trinket permalink
    March 25, 2009 3:03 pm

    What I meant was that in order to make sense of (and essentially move on from) traumatic events, many survivors recover and find new inner strength, develop new compassion for others, and even have a heightened ability to experience joy and serenity. Of course, many people do not recover in this way, and bravo for highlighting this survivor’s magnanimity.

    Sorry Wales, for misreading your post. Instead of being intentionally provocative with my questioning, I should have simply commented as I just did.

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