The bombing has actually helped shape my life. I was born on this day in 1945 and am always reminded of the fact. But more than that, the thought that I came into this world on the very day of the greatest terrorism act against civilians of all time (along with Nagasaki just a few days later) has been a driving force pushing me to find meaning in life. The current rhetoric, especially in the US, regarding the terrorism going on in the Middle East (particularly between Israel and Hamas) is just so empty. How was it possible for the US to bomb innocent civilians in one war and then call out anyone else who does the same thing is totally beyond my comprehension - except that I chalk it up to the meaning I have found, human beings, as a species, are really not sapient.
On another, happier note: my textbook, "Princples of Systems Science", is being typset as we speak! Still on track for autumn 2014!