Progress— A Word That Has Become More Than Familiar, Especially

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Progress— a word that has become more than familiar, especially to those living in the twenty-first century. In the past few decades, humans have advanced in every aspect of their lives. However, in any situation, there are two sides to a coin. Progress and advancement both have their downsides, and, unfortunately, in some cases, the negatives far outweigh the positives. One such case is obvious— nuclear weapons. This subject did not stay untouched by the film industry, and out of the threat of nuclear weapons came out a monster— Godzilla (Gojira). In the introduction of “Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare: How the Bomb Became a Beast Called Godzilla,” Peter H. Brothers, a science fiction film and book reviewer, asserts that the movie deals with a …show more content…

Beginning with the Cuban Missile Crisis, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the detonation of the Tsar Bomba, nuclear weapons and competition between rival countries have always been taking place. According to Brothers, Godzilla is, in a way, a symbol of “man’s tampering with science” and “atomic and nuclear power.” The writer further asserts that without the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is highly unlikely that Godzilla would have been created. The monster’s actions, according to him, are a direct representation of the suffering the Japanese people had to go through, and the message the movie carries is more relevant than it ever was. In fact, according to the former United States Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry, today’s “nuclear dangers […] are in fact more likely to erupt into a nuclear conflict than during the Cold War.” With an unqualified and arrogant egomaniac running the world’s most powerful country, the threat of a nuclear war remains a possibility. The relations between the U.S. and Russia are it its worst since the Cold War ended; things could get much worse as President Trump painfully (for the people) gets through his four years in office. If a nuclear war does take place, Godzilla will be just as relevant as it was following the tragic events of 1945. This

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