Chernobyl Miniseries – The lesson on failure to look the truth in the face

If you have some time to spare and an active HBO account, I’d recommend the miniseries Chernobyl, whose trailer is below

The series is based on a real historical event – a nuclear catastrophe some 30 years ago in Chernobyl, Ukraine, which at the time still belonged to the USSR. There have been 4 episodes released out of the possible 6 so far. Admittedly, it’s pretty heavy, gripping, astonishing and gut-wrenching. Deaths by radiation portrayed in the miniseries are very shocking and horrific. Nonetheless, it’s even less shocking than the efforts to sugarcoat and cover up the situation at the authority at the time. Had there been more courage to face the truth, there would have been fewer deaths, I believe, based on what I have seen so far in the series.

This Twitter user, who was born and raised in the Soviet Union at the time, can attest to the authenticity and attention to detail of the show

As I watch the series, I am drawn towards a belief that the more serious a situation is, perhaps the more we should tell the truth as soon as possible. Most likely, anyone of us has been there before – not courageous enough to face the truth once or twice. I have. With dire consequences. I wish I could have done differently in those situations and told it like it was, no matter what.

Just like Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones said, “look the truth in the face”.

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