Moral Dimension of Nuclear Disaster Remains Front & Center in Japan
Weeks into the disaster in Japan, numerous reports indicate that the ethic of self-sacrifice is being consciously and fatalistically embraced by workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The NPR reports that relatives of the workers remaining at the facility say they have learned that the workers fully expect to die. The mother of one worker, according to a Fox News piece cited by NPR, told her: “They have accepted they will all probably die from radiation sickness in the short term or cancer in the long term. This really brings up the ethic of self-sacrifice by having workers stay behind in crippled plant and expect to die for the great good for millions. This is an extreme form of self-perservation, and is incredibly heroic! Should nuclear energy still be considered after millions of people have been affected through a failure?
The consequences from this are brutal! gb
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