The area known as Chernobyl has been abandoned for decades, ever since 1986, but Tom Hinton wanted to see the area for what it is today and we cannot say he want disappointed. After Chernobyl exploded, nature took over and a land that was inhabited by people years ago is now the playground for hungry wolves the dancing darkness of the night.
Hinton described his experience as a “primordial” one. He felt things that humans have not been able to feel for hundreds, or maybe thousands of years. Out there, in a world destroyed by human pride, nature took such a firm grip that you would never want to go there ever again. It is as if you will go there and it will claim you as punishment for the destruction that humanity caused.
Hinton wanted to see how far the region of Chernobyl had changed ever since the reactor’s explosion, so he went to the abandoned area, somewhere close to the Belarus-Ukraine border. People have not been around there for many years, so the howling of the wolves was also intensified by the feeling that, if you are out there, you are truly alone.
In 1986, when the reactor exploded, many people’s lives ended and for those who had lost their loved ones, the end of the world had come. Chernobyl pushed people away from across 1,600 square miles in both Ukraine and Belarus. People wanted to get out of death’s way, a death caused by one man who valued his pride above the lives of thousands.
That world is changed now, with concrete buildings that that feel like paper, waiting to fall off at any moment. Vegetation sprung all over and many animals inhabit the area, ranging from long-legged elks to wolves. After Chernobyl exploded, nature took over and it seems like there is not going to be much change in that anytime soon.
Chernobyl serves as an example as to why the communist regimes were a complete failure and how only knowledgeable people should be appointed for delicate matters. Communism favored nepotism and the knowledge that anyone can do something right. Thus, anybody can run a nuclear test and try to see what comes of it. Wrong. Years later, nature claimed what man failed to protect.
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