Linus Pauling: There are many ways to take action in the fight for peace. Every activity that any
one of us engages in has two effects. It brings to the participant the knowledge that
he is taking a great action, that he is doing something that will affect the future
of the world. And then it has its effect on other people, encourages them to participate
also in the stuggle for peace. And so I say to you: Do away with your apathy! Don't
just lie down and be Hiroshimad! Now is the time to fight for your lives and the lives
of your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren too.
So let's take action. Let's march in peace marches, pray in vigils, beat the drums,
go out in front of the RAND Corporation, protest against Polaris, join with Bertrand
Russell when he pastes up an ultimatum on the door of the government, bombard the
President, the Secretary of State, and our Senators and even Representative Hiestand
with letters, urging that they get some sense, come back to sanity. Then, even if
we are vaporized, atomized, Hiroshimad, we'll know that we have done our duty as thoughtful,
sane, and high-principled men and women and children. But I believe that we can win.