オバマ大統領:広島の演説(Remarks by President Obama at Hiroshima Peace Memorial)

How often does material advancement or social innovation blind us to this truth. How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause. Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill. Nations arise, telling a story that binds people together in sacrifice and cooperation, allowing for remarkable feats, but those same stories have so often been used to oppress and dehumanize those who are different.

*righteousness 正義 *spare 免れさせる *feat 偉業 *oppress 圧迫する *dehumanize 人間性を奪う


Science allows us to communicate across the seas and fly above the clouds; to cure disease and understand the cosmos. But those same discoveries can be turned into ever-more efficient killing machines.


The wars of the modern age teach this truth. Hiroshima teaches this truth. Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well.

*equivalent adj.同等の *institution n.組織、制度 *doom n.確実に破壊する、決定づける、運命づける *moral adj.道徳の、倫理の


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