Should we celebrate the fact that 188 countries do not have nuclear weapons? Should we rejoice in the knowledge that entire arsenals of nuclear warheads have been dismantled in the U.S. and Russia? Should we be proud of the human species for not having a nuclear attack since 1945?
Good questions. But what does progress mean when just one bomb can cause so much suffering? How should we gauge our moral progress in light of these weapons’ capacity for unimaginable terror, generational trauma, and environmental omnicide?
The only sane thing to do is to destroy these evil weapons as soon as we can. That some people are accustomed to the preservation, development, testing and use of such monstrosities is no sign of progress: it is evil having the upper hand.