The Future of Nuclear Weapons

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It has been over 70 years since the U.S. bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  These actions revealed the catastrophic consequences of using nuclear weapons.  For decades, citizens around the world prepared themselves for nuclear war.  The amazing and wonderful thing- no further nuclear bombs have been dropped on civilian populations. In fact, the number of nuclear weapons in existence worldwide are down from a peak of 68,000.  Currently there are an estimated 15,000 nuclear weapons in storage, on alert or lost.  What is the right thing to do now that the generation that first built and deployed nuclear weapons has passed and left responsibility for these weapons to us?  The U.S. is currently planning to modernize our nuclear weapons and delivery systems to the tune of an estimated cost of $700 BILLION dollars with the stated intent of nuclear deterrence.  Perhaps it is a good time to talk about the role of nuclear weapons in our country and the world outside of Washington, D.C. How do we want the next 70 years to unfold and what can we do to achieve that vision?

Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here

A Living Room Conversation flows through 5 rounds of questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?

  • What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values

Answer one or more of the following:

  • What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
  • What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
  • What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?
  • What future would you like to see with respect to nuclear weapons?  In 70 years, what is the story you hope will be told about how we managed nuclear weapons in the early 21st century?

Round Three: The Future of Nuclear Weapons

Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • What is your awareness of nuclear weapons?
  • What would you like to see the U.S. and other countries do with their nuclear weapons?
  • Do you see a path forward that leads us to a safer world? Can we live in a nuclear-free society?
  • What are the ethical issues surrounding the use of nuclear weapons?
  • What future would you like to see with respect to nuclear weapons?  In 70 years, what is the story you hope will be told about how we managed nuclear weapons in the early 21st century?

 

Round Four: Reflection

Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
  • What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
  • Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps

Answer both of the following questions:

  • What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
  • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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