Safety tests

Chernobyl

This is our moment to shine
(Zharkov, “Chernobyl”)

 

An outstanding intellect causes the greatest fear. It is about who are we, and where is the limit of the truth we are able to accept.

They say, the great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it. But “the real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all”.

Do we need some safety tests, or just a mirror is enough to see a sane world we created? It is about the questions and the answers, about the first day and the last day of the endless way full of hope and glory. This sane world was based on the greatest delusion – it is under control.

Our history can serve as a nice mirror of our intentions, while the safety tests were fraught with danger. “There was nothing sane about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened after, even the good we did, all of it…madness”.

One day someone decided to check up if our sane world safe enough. A human created the most dangerous enemy, activated it and tried to win. Was it a manifestation of heroism? Was it an essential value of sacrifice? It was a silent moment of wise decisions and stupid ambitions, when blame or justice meant nothing. Was it the next level of our evolution or the cost of progress? It was not a victory. It was a mute defeat. As the enemy was out of human control. And negation became a new basement of our sane world. Because the truth was horrifying.

“The truth doesn’t care about our needs or wants. It doesn’t care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It will lie in wait for all time. And this, at last, is the gift of Chernobyl”.

We can deny this as longer as is possible. But while we continue looking for some surreal enemies and the most refined ways to win, a real danger is reflected in the mirror of our history. Safety tests in Chernobyl have shown that the most dangerous enemy of mankind was a human himself. That was the truth. This is our moment to shine.

Chernobyl NPP
Chernobyl nuclear disaster. After an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Gallery by Oleg Veklenko.
Chernobyl - Pripyat
Pripyat. View of the Chernobyl NPP

Author: Marina Schultz

Quotations:

  • “The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it”. – Dorothy L. Sayers, “Gaudy Night” (1936).
    Chernobyl” (2019), miniseries created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck. The series a co-production of HBO and Sky UK.

Official Sources of Photos:

  • 1st photo – Cafe “Pripyat”, January 13, 2011 // PRIPYAT.COM
  • Chernobyl nuclear disaster. After an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Gallery by Oleg Veklenko // PRIPYAT.COM
  • Pripyat. View of the Chernobyl NPP // PRIPYAT.COM