Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist and humanitarian, wrote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Let us exercise our imaginations.
Imagine the horror and devastation of Hiroshima, and multiply it by every city and country on earth.
Imagine that a nuclear war could end human life on our planet, and that the capacity to initiate a nuclear war rests in the hands of only a few individuals in each nuclear-armed state.
Imagine that nuclear weapons threaten the future of humanity and all life.
Imagine that we are not helpless in the face of this threat, and that we can rise to the challenge of ending the nuclear weapons era.
Imagine that together we can make a difference and that you are needed to create a nuclear weapons-free world.
Imagine a world without the threat of nuclear devastation, a world that you helped to create.
There is an Indian proverb which states, “All of the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” We must nurture, with all our human capacities, the seeds of peace and human dignity which have been so poorly tended for so long.
The time has come for renewed energy and leadership to end the nuclear weapons threat to humanity, to restore and maintain peace, to live up to the highest standards of human rights, and to pursue a non-killing world. Change is coming, if we will use our imaginations, raise our voices, stand firm and persist in demanding it.