What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
This article speaks of the development of new nuclear bombs in our country to replace an aged arsenal with newer, superior nukes.
In a day and age when the mere mention of “nuclear bomb” creates anxiety and worry, one wonders what the object of creating more bombs really is. In the name of maintaining military superiority our country is promoting the research and production of newer, cheaper, more devastating weaponry.
But why? For protection? For peace? For domination?
Now, if you listen carefully, in the debates about what to do to create peace, you will hear some common themes. Interestingly, the themes remain much the same whether the question is how to gain peace in the world or in your neighborhood. One theme is disarmament. Those who see danger in bombs or in guns take comfort when any country or any group of people give up weapons. But there are those, equally sure, who argue that the only safety is to have enough bombs or guns that no one will attack you.
After discussing negotiation and education as additionally tried paths of obtaining peace, Elder Eyring remarks:
That is why neither education, nor disarmament, nor armament, nor negotiation, nor all of them in combination are likely to create a world or a neighborhood of lasting peace. To do that, a change has to come into human hearts. The change must be in what people want. Almost everyone in the world has heard of what that change is, because it is common to religions and philosophies across the world and across the centuries. It is said differently in the scriptures and writings of others, but the words you will recognize best are these: “Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets” (3 Nephi 14:12).
I think our Father in Heaven must have wept as He has looked down upon His children through the centuries as they have squandered their divine birthright in ruthlessly destroying one another.
In the course of history tyrants have arisen from time to time who have oppressed their own people and threatened the world. Such is adjudged to be the case presently, and consequently great and terrifying forces with sophisticated and fearsome armaments have been engaged in battle.
The buildup of weapons—especially those with nuclear capacity—will only lead to the downfall of civilizations and destruction of mankind. One need only look to recent wars for depressing examples of the usage of mass weaponry on other nations. If our goal is peace, if our quest is freedom, if our aim is liberty, then there is only one thing we can promote, defend, and share to achieve these ambitions, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Prince of Peace is exactly that, and when He comes to rule and reign, all those deemed worthy to remain and live under His theocratic government will have peace, freedom, and liberty in the true and complete definition of the words. I look forward to that day immensely.