We would not be the same.

A few people laughed.

A few people cried.

Most people were silent.

I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty. And, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form, and says,

“Now I become  Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

I suppose we all thought that one way or another.

(Robert Oppenheimer)

J. Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist, best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II effort to develop the first nuclear weapons, at the secret Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico. He is famously refered to as “the father of the atomic bomb”. At the Trinity test site in Los Alamos New Mexico he uttered the words :

“Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds,”

upon seeing the fireball glowing after the bomb had been dropped. This quote has become infamous and it is actually chapter 11 verse 32 of the Bhagavad-Gita, a scripture which has been revered by Hindus for thousands of years.