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Most Daunting Quotes From The Chernobyl TV Series

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The explosion at the Chernobyl reactor sites occurred in April of 1986 and was one of the worst disasters to occur in recorded human history. Radiation from that explosion resulted in the Soviet government creating an “exclusion zone” with 18 square miles, about 4 square miles larger than Jersey City.

Many will say it was one of the worst disasters in human history, and it was important enough to spawn a miniseries on HBO. Here are a few quotes from the characters of the show:

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1. “There is nothing sane about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened after… even the good we did… all of it… all of it… Madness.” –Valery Legasov

After the reactor exploded during a test in 1982, more than 48,000 people were evacuated. Many still suffered and continued to fall ill. Government officials attempted to decontaminate the area, but much of the wildlife still turned out to suffer from acute radiation poisoning.

Is the attempt to supply a large area with power worth the potential death toll in the surrounding area?

2. “These are the ones who are dead. They died rescuing each other. Putting out fires. Tending to the wounded. They didn’t hesitate. They didn’t waver. They simply did what had to be done.” – Ulana Khomyuk

There’s no worse day than knowing part of your workplace exploded. Despite the mounting horrors as the Chernobyl explosion spread, workers continue to fulfill emergency protocol and save who they could. It shows us that, even in the worst of situations, many people will not consider their own well-being if there are people left to save.

3. “To be a scientist is to be naïve.” – Valery Legasov

We all know and likely welcome the majority of advancements that science has given us. But when one dons the mantle of a career scientist, the end result of a particular experiment isn’t always clear even with good numbers.

One thing a scientist does not always count on is the minuscule chance that something could go wrong. This is especially dangerous when one works at a facility like the Chernobyl reactor.

4. “But you know the old Russian proverb: ‘Trust but verify.’” – Charkov

Many take what a friend, family or coworker says at face value. Despite the close connection, we may have with someone, one may have a nagging feeling the full truth is not being shared.

Workers at Chernobyl trusted without question that the facility would never go up the way it did. Completely open channels of communication may help prevent another such disaster from taking so many lives.

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5. “All victories inevitably come at a cost. Sometimes we count this cost in rubles. Sometimes we count it in lives.” – Michail Gorbachev

Victories can be anything from “winning a war” to simply getting a new fan belt into your vehicle’s motor. Whatever the situation, large or small, your accomplishments came at a personal cost of some sort.

Regular citizens often wonder if the monetary cost of war takes importance over the possible cost of lives.

6. “You put a bullet in someone. You’re not you anymore… but you wake up the next morning and you’re still you… and you realize that was you all along. You just didn’t know.”

When faced with a difficult decision, it’s hard not to go the easiest route to resolve the situation that one is stuck in. Some of us could not bear the thought of doing anything worse than accidentally stepping on a bug in the garden.

That being said, some of us may be compelled to commit acts of violence if the situation might call for it. And although a person was able to do it easily, coming to terms with the facts that they really did it is a situation all its own.

7. “The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all.”

In our modern-day, using the internet to find out the truth about stories is often as exhausting as a regular job. One must always strive to know the truth in every situation for themselves, regardless of opinions held by those closest to them.

A great example of this is when Hitler used his power as president of Germany to perpetuate the lie that Jews were less than human, and endangered the German way of life.

Is it not possible to determine one singular reason for the Chernobyl Disaster, but a series of events that compounded into one of the worst man-made disasters ever recorded. Such events are why safety and environmental regulations are so important.

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