In Our Hubris

POETRY FORMAT, 17 Sep 2018

David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service

We have, through our cleverness,
created nuclear weapons and found a way
to live with them.

We risk everything that matters, everything
of beauty and meaning, everything we love.

Science has given us the power of annihilation,
the capacity to destroy ourselves.

With nuclear arms, the gun is loaded and pointed
at the collective head of humanity.

We avert our eyes and pretend not to see.
Have we given up on our common future?

How shall we react? How shall we resist?
How shall we awaken before it is too late?


David Krieger is founder and president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. Amongst several of his wide-spanning leadership endeavors in global peacebuilding, he is a founder and a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, councilor on the World Future Council, and is the chair of the Executive Committee of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility. Dr. Krieger is the author of many books and studies of peace in the Nuclear Age. He has written or edited more than 20 books and hundreds of articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of several awards and honors, including the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology Peace Writing Award for Poetry (2010). He has a new collection of poems entitled Wake Up.  For more visit the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website:


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