“Behold! He is coming with the clouds! And every eye shall be blind with his glory! Every ear shall be stricken deaf to hear the thunder of his voice! Let the men, women, and children of the Earth come forth to gather and behold the power of Atom! Let those who dwell here in his favored land attend now to the words of the Prophet of Atom! Come forth and drink the waters of the Glow, for this ancient weapon of war is our salvation, it is the very symbol of Atom’s glory! Let it serve as a reminder of the Division that has occurred in the past and the resplendence of the promise of our division in the times to come! Give your bodies to Atom, my friends. Release yourself to his power, feel his Glow, and be Divided. There shall be no tears, no sorrow, no suffering, for in the Division, we shall see our release from the pain and hardships of this world. Yea, your suffering shall exist no longer; it shall be washed away in Atom’s Glow, burned from you in the fire of his brilliance. Each of us shall give birth to a billion stars formed from the mass of our wretched and filthy bodies. Each of us shall be mother and father to a trillion civilizations. Each of us shall know peace, shall know an end to pain, and shall know Atom in his glory. I urge you, my friends — come, drink with me and pray… Glorious Atom, I give unto you these feeble bones. I present to your will this frail body. I beg of you to use me as your vessel, guide me to your brilliance, divide each particle and give relief to this rotten flesh. Cast the fragile form of this ephemeral body into new life in the forge of your Glow. Atom, come — bestow your presence on your unworthy servant. We stay true, until the Day of Division — until the dawn of your return to His humble world.” – CONFESSOR CROMWELL’S SERMON, 2277, Fallout 3
Today, the 27th of January 2021 is Holocaust Memorial Day. When terrible people who did terrible things to as many people of a certain religion as they could. We can’t forget about such atrocities because if we do we may allow history to repeat itself.
The above sermon from a Fallout game got me thinking, what if wars and the awful weapons that we wage them with could be viewed in a positive religious way.
Confessor Cromwell and his people believe that we are all made of atoms which house infinite universes and that when we die we release those universes, therefore an atomic bomb is a creation deity that splits atoms to explode in our world but in doing so creates thousands of universes. This isn’t totally illogical in its own way and the above sermon borrows from Christianity with people being blinded (Jesus gave sight), favoured land, division (unity in the bible), an end to suffering and a return to the world.
Whether we believe in being united or divided, whether Christian, Jewish, a child of atom or anything else we should all live and let live. We should all share in the idea of peace, even if our other ideas aren’t the same. Even the Nazis wanted a form of peace and hopefully peace can one day be achieved without war. We don’t have to love or understand each other, just tolerate the fact that each different belief system exists and can exist together in the same world.