The new blog, Possible's Slow Fuse, picks up where this one (Nuclear Free by 2045?) left off a few weeks ago. I started that blog a little over five years ago with no clear idea about what direction it would take or what kind of readership it would gain. The first reason for starting it was just to avoid repetition. I had been discussing the Fukushima-Daiichi meltdowns with various friends in emails, so I just decided to put everything I had to say in one place for all to see. In those days when I was still traumatized and disgusted with the unfolding disaster in Fukushima, 200 kilometers north of my home, I chose the blog name just as an idea toss into the world, with the hope that awareness of the issue would grow quickly now that this major nuclear catastrophe had occurred. That never happened, and it has become apparent that while a few people are getting filthy rich and many people are comfortable and complacent, most people on this planet are under siege, too overwhelmed with day-to-day concerns to worry about how nuclear waste is going to be handled and confronted by future generations. There is a Himalayan range of social and ideological barriers that have to be traversed in order to face the big crises that loom over the horizon.
Today what we need more than anything is an ability to step outside the frames that are given to us for reasonable legitimate debate and say there is something else. What could be and what should be stand just on the horizon. I refer back to Emily Dickinson: imagination is what lights the slow fuse of possibility. I think we have to remember that in a war of fixed positions we always lose. In a war of the imagination, people from below can win.
Heroic acts, the strange illumination seen when imagination lights the possible’s slow fuse. I can work with that.
See the full interview with Bill Ayers: