"Removing the threat of a world war - a nuclear war - is the most acute and urgent task of the present day. Mankind is confronted with a choice: we must halt the arms race and proceed to disarmament or face annihilation."
- The Final Document of the First United Nations Special Session on Disarmament
"To Whomever Finds This Note
Please try to understand. . . .
We did not want this kind of ending – we wanted to live, to shine, to bring light to a world that is dying for a little bit of love. . . .
But we are calm in this hour of our collective leave-taking. As I write these words people are silently amassed, taking a quick potion, inducing sleep, relief. . . . Many of us are now dead. Each moment, another passes over to a peace. . . . People hugging each other, embracing, we are hurrying – we do not want to be captured. We want to bear witness at once. . . . We have to go as one, we want to live as Peoples Temple, or end it. We have chosen. It is finished. "
- Richard Tropp, before killing himself at Jonestown