Finding hope in a dismal situation

by Allison Hargus, creator/writer

Okay, so maybe the title of this post may give you the illusion that I have some idea or theory on how to help the situation I have described in “The Purpose” section of the website. But, no. I do have some rather utopian ideas like, “Why can’t we just say ‘no’ to nukes and all get along like when we21270957_2013986235496612_8922432163198401018_n were in grade school?”

I am beginning an internship with the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. I have not quite found my niche in the spheres of dealing with Nuclear Reactor issues or the Nuclear Weapons side of the worldwide crisis.

My fearless leader, Mary Olson, Director of the Southeast branch of NIRS, has been very patient while I try to sort my thoughts out on where I would like to lead my research. I am blessed with such an ally in trying to find a place where I feel like I can make positive changes in the world we find ourselves in. But I am not rushing in my decision too much because I find knowledge in both of these fields (weapons and energy) so fascinating that I would be remiss to focus on just one of these branches.

I have sentiments that reflect that hopeful little voice inside of me saying that we can find a solution to beginning to end the “Nuclear Age”. And many might think that is a juvenile and unrealistic view on the topic. But before I delve any deeper into the confounding mess we find ourselves in, I do believe it is helpful to remember that tiny, hopeful voice inside of our heads. I have to at least partially credit this wishful thinking to Mary. She had the opportunity to speak at the third installment of the conference on The Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna at the end of 2014.

When she returned and relayed her experience, she acknowledged the very serious and heartbreaking tales the survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima shared. But she also brought back the overall tone of the conference: resounding hope.

If the direct victims of these violent retaliations could purvey hope in their messages, why could I not have this little voice rallying me forward? This is a very light and cheerful first post on an issue that really scares me to the core.

I hope to be able to find hope through the sad stories and events in which all of the research is based. Through this blog, I am looking forward to recording my interviews with many important figures and trailblazers in nuclear abolition and peace activists. There are so many venues we can try to find solutions in. I am so excited to be sharing these experiences and hope with all of my potential readers who will lend an ear to these world-altering issues.