On this day in l945, Trinity, the first nuclear device, was detonated in the New Mexico desert 120 miles south of Santa Fe. From a distance of 10,000 yards, scientists observed as a mushroom shaped cloud of searing light stretched 40,000 feet into the air, generating a destructive power equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT.
It was the beginning of the Atomic Age.
Science teaches us – and this test demonstrated – that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Something cannot become nothing. “It’s all energy,” Einstein explained.
In accepting the Nobel Prize, Sir James Jean extended Einstein’s observation this way. “The more we look at particles on the sub-atomic level,” he said, “the more we see processes and the less we see things.”
Until that time it was widely held that everything was finite, and that, as such, any one thing could be separated from every other thing. The dismantling of this classical vision of separateness confirmed the understanding theologians had long held about the unity of life.
Every thing, every one is related. We are bound together by love.
Love is the most powerful force on earth, the manifestation of God in you, and the center of your relationship with others. It is how we participate with God in His purposes for mankind.
The power of the atom bomb pales by comparison.