What is left over?

In the article of “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” written by Ray Bradbury, the author displayed a scene of tragedy after nuclear war. It had been a part of history already, grass started to grow on the land again, everything seems better, everywhere was quiet enough. However after all these happened, what is left over? Who was still there and enjoy such beautiful scene?

Bradbury described an image, “a small boy, hands flung into the air; higher up , the image of a thrown ball, and opposite him a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came down” ( Bradbury, Page 1.) Here greatly criticized the terror of the previous nuclear war. The two children supposed to enjoy playing their ball at the moment, however, the outbreak of the nuclear war destroyed their innocence and happiness and marked down the scene on the charred wall, permanently. What had they done? No, they did not do anything but just playing. The merciless nuclear war just took away everything and not  leaving any explanations.

The author also described a scene of a dog in the bad condition which left by the nuclear war, the dog had a very dirty body which covered by mud. It was extremely hungry but it had nothing to eat. Even though the front door recognized the dog’s voice and opened the door for it. It still could not escape from the destiny of death. Bradbury said, “The dog frothed at the mouth, lying at the door, sniffing, its eyes turned to fire. It ran wildly in circles, biting at its tail, spun in a frenzy, and died. It lay in the parlor for an hour” (Bradbury, Page 2.) We can see that the dog was extremely hungry at this time, unfortunately people were all gone after this nuclear war, no one could open the kitchen door for it and feed it with food, it could only breathe in the last breath of air or bite it tail to relieve the pain from hunger, and died with its unwillingness. Human beings created this war, but not only human beings  suffer, but also the animals. Even though they owned such advanced technologies in the house, but they can never use those again, everything seemed to be worthless after the war.

This article reminds me about the book called ” Silent Spring”, the overuse of pesticides destroyed most of the living things on Earth, people mostly were all gone after this, the entire world only left with quietness. It was the same here, the nuclear war destroyed most of the living things on Earth. It was quiet everywhere, you can still see the remains from the war. Unfortunately nobody will have the time to enjoy such a beautiful scene anymore. In this article, only some advanced Artificial Intelligent machines were left in the house, people were all gone from the house under the forces of the nuclear war. The machines were still keep doing their jobs, but it was still pointless, and at the end they can only watch all things were burned down to the earth and returned to silence.

Technologies don’t kill people, but people do kill themselves. If we are not able to use technologies properly, keep destroying the our environment, eventually we will harm ourselves. If we destroy the living environments for ourselves, even we still owned the advanced technologies, then what is left over?

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