atomic bomb had not been creatively
imagined, produced and dropped just a bit over half a century
ago, then an argument might be tenable that we Earthfolk are
over-reacting to the simple fact that humans have been at war
as far as they can remember.
But the atom bomb was dropped.
We did creatively imagine it. Produce it. Vaporized
members of our own human family. Turned what it means to be human
into our being "shadow
people." Created a weapon we cannot control, and so imbued the
human psyche with a dreadful fear of the Other.
When the primal and seminal origin
story of Genesis is explored, it is clear that
the exiled, motherless children Adam and Eve
were condemned to live on Earth in dreadful
fear. In the Christian tradition the psychic depth of
this fear was described as an "original sin." It
meant, among many things, that
is a realization of being
violated, betrayed, condemned,
exiled, cursed, cast out and living in dreadful
we humans have always been living
Life as the motherless children knew
it—living peacefully and comfortably at-home in the Garden
of Eden: "paradise"—was totally
and violently taken away from them. It was a cataclysmic event
that induced in the motherless children all the characteristics
of post-traumatic stress typically
suffered by war refugees.