Today is August 6th, Hiroshima Day. Sixty-six years ago, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Last year, I fulfilled one of my all-time travel dreams, and visited Hiroshima. Seeing the atomic bomb dome, touring the museum, and walking around peace park was a wonderfully calming experience. Visiting Hiroshima reinforced my belief that we must continuously strive for peace in our world, in our countries, in our cities, and even in our computer industry.
Here are a couple of pictures I took in Hiroshima on July 5, 2010.
We work in the highly competitive technology industry. While I am as competitive as the next developer, I don’t ever remember being mean spirited in my actions or words. I hope that we can all keep a peaceful and tolerant perspective in our articles, blog posts, emails, forum posts, and conversations.
Read the Hiroshima Peace Declaration
World Peace through Technology - inspiring world peace with benevolent technology
The World Peace Game by John Hunter
There is also a connection between Hiroshima and my hometown of Eureka California. Father Eric Freed, catholic priest in Eureka and also Director of the Newman Center at Humboldt State University, wrote a book, "The Experience of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima in Poem", containing the translations and stories behind the Haiku’s of Hiroko Takanashi, a Hiroshima survivor.
Today, August 6, will continue to remind me that there are many more important things than just winning at any cost.