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5: Chibaku Tensei

Hey, it’s me again. I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to write again. This time, I’m continuing a scrapped post from this morning. I was supposed to write something, but I didn’t have the luxury of time.

Hajimaru. So why Chibaku Tensei? First, what is Chibaku Tensei? Translated into English, it roughly means “Heavenly Body Bursting from the Earth”. In Naruto Shippuuden, where I got the term, it means “Planetary Devastation”, with someone requiring the Rinnegan, a rare ocular jutsu, to use it. In the anime, it requires a lot of chakra to use, but the effects are disastrous. You can create a massive satellite or bring down huge meteors onto Earth.

You might be asking, “So? What about it?” Well, I thought about this, and I have come to a conclusion.

In the anime, this technique was used largely in order to subdue the opponent, either by trapping it in the satellite, or crushing it under the meteor. And usually, the user is evil. In the real world, there’s no one around who has the Rinnegan and can make huge floating balls of solid matter, but there are powerful people out there who have the capacity to do the same damage, maybe even more.

I’m talking about nuclear warfare. Nowadays, nuclear energy is used to power millions of homes, establishments and the like. Nuclear energy is taking part in science by creating miniscule amounts of highly dangerous antimatter, which are kept in magnetic containers and in space travel, where the possibility of a nuclear rocket is being researched. It powers submarines, which can now stay under water for months. But, hidden from the eyes of 7 billion people are thousands of nuclear warheads and missiles, hidden in isolated and camoflaged silos around the world. In USA, Russia, Israel, Germany, and several more countries, atomic and possibly hydrogen bombs are secretly kept by the countries’ respective armies.

The US of A pioneered the use of nuclear power, with the very first image of it being a bomb. The Manhattan Project, approved by the late US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and based on Einstein’s theory of relativity, was started in order to put a stop to the unstoppable Japanese forces that were spreading across Southeast Asia like wildfire. In 1945, two atom bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Immediately afterwards, the Emperor of Japan raised the white flag. But the end of the Second World War gave rise to the Nuclear Arms Race, more commonly known as the Cold War between USA and Soviet Union. I better stop here, lest this thing turns into a history article.

Nuclear energy can work two ways: either nuclear fusion (which is the Sun’s specialty), or nuclear fission (a weaker version that humans were able to create). I’m not going to elaborate on those because this might turn into a science article this time, but I can quickly explain the principle of both. In nuclear fusion, intense pressure makes hydrogen atoms collide, merging into helium atoms. This fusion process creates a small flash of light and a little heat. Now, imagine billions of hydrogen atoms doing this process, nonstop, in the core of the sun. Nuclear fission works the other way around. Heavier atoms like uranium and plutonium are hit with a lone neutron, and the atoms are shattered in two. These in turn smash other atoms. The smashing gives off a little light and heat as well, only weaker. (This is the shortest I can make it.)

My point here is not to let you know that USA and Russia almost had a nuclear war, or that hydrogen bombs, many times stronger than atomic bombs, are being tested on uninhabited islands in the Pacific. The point here is: the continued use of nuclear energy can result in earth-shattering consequences. I’m not saying that we should abandon the use of nuclear energy. All I am saying is: the current laws and prohibitions the United Nations have in using nuclear energy is insufficient.

A worse case: what if terrorists get their hands on at least a pound of uranium? A nuclear terrorist attack is not on the same scale as normal terrorist attacks. Not just a house, a vehicle, or a small community-a nuclear terrorist attack can lay waste to an entire city.

And in the future, there is a possibility of a full-scale nuclear war between powerful countries. Multiple nuclear missiles raining down on both sides, atomic and hydrogen bombs falling on major cities around the world… and the small, Third and Fourth world countries will get caught in the crossfire. The combined radiation from all the usage of nuclear weapons will ultimately result in human extinction. Earth will become a barren planet filled with images of destruction and death. Hopefully, astronauts will be spared from the armageddon, but radiation from nuclear power takes decades, even centuries to be fully removed. And even then, they will just disperse in the atmosphere. The land, sea and air will be contaminated, and all life on the “Goldilocks” planet will cease. A true Planetary Devastation.

I’m not trying to scare you. Now, before you start packing your things and make a bomb shelter, listen to what I have to say. These are theoretical events; there is no assurance they will really happen. But they will, if we do not do something about those nuclear weapons… and hatred.

In Naruto Shippuuden, Nagato planned to use his Rinnegan to bring peace to the world by harnessing the power of tailed beasts to create a tailed beast weapon that will bring about pain and suffering to the world. Witnessing the death of his close friend Yahiko made him lose his faith in humanity, so he believed that only pain and suffering can teach people. He hoped that the resulting pain will make people afraid and cease fighting, therefore eliminating hatred… for some time. However, Naruto stopped him, telling him that he must have faith in everyone and in him, that the cycle of hatred will be stopped not with violence, but with friendship.

In the same way, hatred among countries can result in war, where they will use their own nuclear weapons to defeat their opponents. However, unlike in Naruto Shippuuden, there is no guarantee that people will learn from pain and suffering. We do not need to stop nuclear energy. We do not need to use violence to force peace. We need a Naruto, someone who believes in the power of love. Someone who believes that love alone can conquer hatred and bring about peace to the world.

That Naruto does not have to be someone who is influential, powerful, famous. You, reader, can be a Naruto in your own little way. (Okay, put down that kunai and stop running like an idiot.) Showing love to your family, your friend, your neighbor… you can help defeat hatred this way. As the saying goes, “love conquers all.” This love does not neccessarily have to be romantic. Unconditional love, the love that does not end, the love you have for your family, friends, is what truly matters. And of course, faith. Love your fellowmen and have faith in them.

And if all else fails… have faith in God. 🙂

Well, that took a lot out of me… this is the first time I wrote something like this. Usually I’d write about myself or my adventures. Writing about nuclear energy and bombs and hatred and love feels new and enlightening. And now it’s deep into the night. 1:55 am. Oh, man… I can’t sleep now.

So, yeah… in the following days, I might write more that are like this. But not before I finish the story of my best friend and our friendship. Well, I should really go and try to have some shuteye now. This is your historical, scientifical and philosophical blogger, The EnglishRazor, logging off. Have a good night, everyone.

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