Linda McCullough Moore tells a poignant story in her book of short stories, This Road Will Take Us Closer To The Moon, entitled, "Freeing Spirits". This is a story about attending a rememberance ceremony at the college in the narrator's town where they are freeing the souls, after sixty years, of the people we killed at Hiroshima by making floating laterns which they launch out on the water.
Moore writes, "I'm thinking that if it's that simple, why didn't they do it sixty years ago?"
I'm thinking, why did America do this to begin with?
And I am reminded once again of our Unitarian Universalist second principle of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations and weep.