Thursday, November 5, 2015
Pilgrim, Fitzpatrick, Rod Adams, and The Boxer
The Double Shock
Yesterday, Rod Adams wrote about the double shock of Pilgrim and Fitzpatrick closing. It was a terrible set of events. We need every nuclear plant to keep operating. We need them for their clean reliable power, for their ability to supply power without greenhouse gases and nitrogen oxides, for their ability to supply power during polar vortexes and other fossil-fuel supply crunches.
Adams said this better than I can, in the post
Deeply troubled by FitzPatrick and Pilgrim announcements. We need their clean electricity production to continue
A long time ago, I did a post: I am not Spock, at the American Nuclear Society blog. In this post, I wrote that I am not Spock. I am a person with emotions. I am committed to nuclear energy for the sake of my children and grandchildren. This is an emotional commitment, as well as a logical energy choice. I am having a deep emotional reaction, a reaction of grief, to the closing of these two plants.
The Serenity Prayer
Adams post includes his thoughts about the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
I value the serenity prayer, but I don't completely follow it. If I try to change something, and I don't succeed, was I therefore unwise? If I tried to make something good happen, but it didn't happen, was I lacking in wisdom, because the thing I tried to accomplish ended up being a "thing I cannot change"?
On the other hand, when a friend called two days ago to tell me that her cancer was no longer in remission, I clung to the serenity prayer. "I cannot change this. I cannot change this. I can only accept it. I can only do one thing: keep being her friend, whatever that will mean in the future."
Showing up and paying attention
This is the mantra that I use about my activism. For some issues, I find it more powerful than the serenity prayer.
Part of my comment on Adams blog post:
I personally find this mantra more helpful:
– Show up
– Pay attention
– Tell the truth
– Don’t be attached to the consequences.
In this mantra, when the consequences are not what I would like, I tell myself “Well, I did the first three steps” as opposed to “I can’t tell the difference, can I?” And I can say: “Oh well, the fourth one is always the hardest, but I did the first three.”
I decided to head this post with Simon and Garfunkel's The Boxer. I have been listening to it, somewhat compulsively, in the past few days.
The Boxer "carries a reminder," he carries a scar, from every blow that hurt him. He has been hurt so badly that he wanted to quit, hurt so badly that he said he would quit.
But The Boxer doesn't quit.
The last line is:
"But the fighter still remains."
Thank you to Rod Adams for his posts and his courage. Thank you to everyone who works in the nuclear industry, giving us clean power and clean air. And thank you to everyone who defends the industry.
The fighter still remains.