One of the most powerful and intriguing people for the 20th century is Mother Teresa. She is probably the world’s best-known humanitarian.
She spent her life caring for the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind and the lepers. She cared for all people who felt unwanted, unloved and uncared for in society.
The purity of heart and of purpose was what made her able to focus every ounce of her energy on her simple and unserving purpose in life: to do, to made, to be something beautiful for God.
Mother Teresa had a devoted Catholic family. It was their generosity and care for the poor and less fortunate that helped her decide what she wanted to do with her life. She received a calling from God “to serve him among the poorest of the poor” while she was riding on a train to recover from suspected tuberculosis.
Mother Teresa opened houses for lepers, alcoholics, drug addicts, the homeless and destitute, mothers with unwanted pregnancies and for people with AIDS all over the world. She felt that abortion is the worst evil. Her life exemplifies the true meaning of Christianity.
The event we chose to be the most powerful in the 20th century is the bombing of Hiroshima. The bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. The bomb had lots of killing power because of its size.
The A-bomb had lots of killing power. Many people were burnt by the heat rays emitted from the bomb. Anyone who was located within 1.2 km from the hypocenter of the explosion at the time it went off died within a few days because of the exposure to direct heat rays. Radiation from the bomb caused certain blood disorders. Survivors of the blast soon reported cases of leukemia. Incidents of lung and thyroid cancer increased during the 1960’s because of the radiation. In utero exposure caused microcephaly, a smaller than normal skull, and mental retardation. The bomb “killed” the city as well. Fire was set to the entire city and buildings were gutted by the fire. Because of this enormous amount of power, 140,000 people died.
There was power in sheer size of the bomb. It weighed 9,000 pounds, over 4 tons. The diameter measured 28 inches. It was 120 inches long.
This particular bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of TNT. It contained 2,000 times more power than the British bomb, “Grand Slam.” This had been the largest bomb to be used in warfare so far. At the hypocenter, it is said that 4.5-6.7 tons of pressure per square meter was exerted.
Our quote was “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” The U.S. government demonstrated their political power when they decided to drop the bomb. The bomb is not a gun, like the quote says, but it is a weapon. However, the bomb went off with a gun like explosion.
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