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“Reason is irrational it gave us the bomb

The bomb is the official end of rationality

and the satellite makes it permanent”

—The Prophet Zummi (Tannhauser Consortium, The; 2017 AD)

[A MUSHROOM CLOUD]

SCIENTIST :What does this mean?

OPPENHEIMER: Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds

MILITARY GENERAL 1: [SOBBING] This is crazy. We can’t use this.

MILITARY GENERAL 2: We’ll use it alright and we’ll goddam win the War.

OPPENHEIMER: This bomb will ensure that no war will ever be won by anyone again.

MILITARY GENERAL 2: [LAUGHS]You know it’s the twentieth century when the scientists are speaking like priests and prophets. Goddammit Oppenheimer, drink your Champagne. We’re going to win this thing!

SCIENTIST: What does this mean? What…

MILITARY GENERAL 2: Alright, I’ve seen enough. I’ve got a report to write up. Pleasure making history with y’all. As you were. [EXITS]

MILITARY GENERAL 1: [DEAD FACED, BLOODSHOT EYES] Ughh

SCIENTIST: This can’t be…this absolutely cannot BE…THI– [OPPENHEIMER PLACES HIS HAND ON SCIENTIST’S FOREHEAD, SCIENTIST FALLS TO THE GROUND UNCONSCIOUS]

[OPPENHEIMER PLACES HIS HAND ON MILITARY GENERAL 1’S FOREHEAD, MILITARY GENERAL 1 FALLS TO THE GROUND UNCONSCIOUS]

[OPPENHEIMER PUTS BOTH MEN INTO THE FETAL POSITION AND ARRANGES THEM TO FACE ONE ANOTHER FORMING A YIN/YANG SYMBOL OF SORTS.]

[OPPENHEIMER TAKES HIS CHAMPAIGN, LOOKS UP AT THE SECURITY CAMERA, SMILES AND TAKES A SIP]

[ZOOM AWAY FROM THE BLACK AND WHITE DISPLAY OF THE SECURITY FOOTAGE AS IT IS REVEALED THAT THE FOOTAGE IS BEING VIEWED ON A DISPLAY SCREEN IN THE OVAL OFFICE.]

PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN: I fucking HATE Bob Oppenheimer. God dammit!

[THE ENOLA GAY FLYING OVER HIROSHIMA THE MOMENT AFTER IT HAS RELEASED THE BOMB FROM THE BOMB BAY]

“Every new technology necessitates a new war” —Marshall McLuhan (War and Peace in the Global Village)

[THE EXTERIOR OF A BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN HIROSHIMA]

“…the Oriental world is a world that was never dedicated to fragmented or specialist stress on the visual sense. Art has been considered the primary mode of adjustment to the environment.”

—Marshall McLuhan (War and Peace in the Global Village)

[THE MUSHROOM CLOUD]

V. I. LENIN: [AT PODIUM] Communism is Soviet POWER plus the ELECTRIFICATION of the whole country!

[A SOVIET ROCKET LAUNCHES INTO SPACE CARRYING SPUTNIK]

[SPUTNIK ORBITING AROUND THE EARTH]

“Unlike animals, man has no nature but his own history—his total history. Electronically, this total history is now potentially present in a kind of simultaneous transparency that carries us into a world of what Joyce calls “heliotropic noughttime.” We have been rapt in “the artifice of eternity” by the placing of our own nervous system around the entire globe. The first satellite ended “nature” in the old sense. “Nature” became the content of a man-made environment. From that moment, all terrestrial phenomena were to become increasingly programmed artifacts and every facet of human life now comes within the scope of the artistic vision.”

—Marshall McLuhan (War and Peace in the Global Village)

TELEVISION INTERVIEWER: Can you describe for us the scene that day when the first bomb was test detonated?

OPPENHEIMER: We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed…a few people cried…most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita...Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that…he should do his duty…and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says: “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” ...I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

[ZOOM AWAY FROM THE BLACK AND WHITE DISPLAY OF THE TELEVISION INTERVIEW AS IT IS REVEALED THAT THE FOOTAGE IS BEING VIEWED ON A DISPLAY SCREEN IN THE OVAL OFFICE.]

PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN: Oh for Christ’s sake! Would somebody please muzzle Bob already. We can’t have him on television saying shit like that. Mother of God, people! Please!

“Since the electronic age inevitably drives us back into a world of mythic vision in which we put Humpty Dumpty back together again, as it were, it is well to disabuse ourselves of the “sense of myth” as unreal or false. It was the fragmented and literate intellectualism of the Greeks that destroyed the integral mythic vision to which we are now returning.”

—Marshall McLuhan (War and Peace in the Global Village

[OVERHEAD VIEW OF SCIENTIST AND MILITARY GENERAL 1 PASSED OUT IN YIN/YANG FORMATION]

20th CENTURY GODS