The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well. We stand here in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering. But today the children of this city will go through their day in peace.
What a precious thing that is, that is the future we can choose. A future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare, but as the start of our own moral awakening.