Dr. Oppenheimer or: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb

15 03 2006

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.

-J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Nietzsche, Goethe, Boldness, Genius

1 03 2006

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!””

Friedrich Nietzsche