The atomic bomb dome is the only structure left even partially standing after the detonation of the first atom bomb over Hiroshima. This structure, built in 1915 with a gorgeous green dome, was an event space used for expositions. Its partial survival, while 140,000 people around it and their dwellings were reduced to ash, was due to the physics of being at the epicenter under the bomb drop.
Today the atomic bomb dome is a Unesco World Heritage site and part of Hiroshima Peace Park. It is preserved in a state of arrested decay as a reminder of the horror of the deed, and of the horror of war.
I have to wonder: the world is such a marvelous place, and people can be so giving and kind. Why, then, do we do this to ourselves, almost set in a loop on repeat, and create a hell in heaven’s despite?