I like to think along abstract lines. Musing on such things as what would Alien intelligent life think of the priorities of Western world powers these days, America, in particular?
And if there is an ongoing human history, what will historians say about the blindness on the part of today's leaders... again, a misguided fate led by America.
However, on this idea of "WE" have a choice, I'd say it's about as accurate as asserting that the Hibakusha have a choice. They've only been fighting for nuclear disarmament with their own brutalized lives to stand witness... for 7 decades.
So long as leaders equate power with weapons of mass destruction, there's little hope that WE--The People--can take these horrors out of their cold, clasped hands.
When an American President can stand by as thousands of children residing in a city with lead-laced waters face long-term brain disorders and instead direct money towards MORE nuclear weapons, then something is profoundly wrong with "this picture."
Of course, the same can be said for the OBSCENE sums that are directed towards the Military Industrial Complex, wars that can never be won (nor should they be fought in the first place), and the ugliest of entities: weapons' designing war profiteering corporations.
The monies that SHOULD go towards investments in the new generation's education, greening the nation's infrastructure, and building a safer, sustainable tomorrow for all sentient souls instead is cannibalized by the vultures who pass themselves off as public servants.
And all of this comports with this idea that Mars, not a loving god, rules. The identification with guns (IRA), Hollywood's celebration of firepower (so many movies that use guns and weapons as props), the idolatry of soldiers and "heroes" who show unabashed aggression, and the lockstep pro-war mass media ALL push this agenda as do those political operatives who LIE about the need for war, and use FEAR tactics to convince some of the electorate that the cases FIXED FOR war are in fact, valid. They are not.
NONE of these twisted priorities that court death can be remotely defined as intelligent or suggestive of the sort of leadership that respects Life and therefore delivers so-called National Security. To the contrary, their M.A.D. actions guarantee more and greater conflicts.
All this is more inane than a sane person can imagine... but it grows yet more inane given the growing threat posed by climate changes. THAT is where investments should be made. Instead, the imbeciles who salute the War God steal from the hungry and homeless in order to build up a cache of weapons that already could burn the entire planet (and all life upon it) to a crisp MANY times over.
And still they demand more!