In thinking of the photograph of Marie Curie and Albert Einstein we are likely to wonder how it is that so many scientists could stray from the ideals held by this pair, ideals of immaculateness and clean science. How could the entire world become obsessed with destroying human bodies in the most advanced way possible? What moral code were they abiding by, was there really any justification at all? In retrospect it seems barbaric, but over the course of time following the war the concept of competitive war technology development became normalized. Far flying missiles were created, air carriers were crafted to serve the war and wreak maximal amounts of havoc on civilians. In theory, the development of nuclear war programs later on were a result of this fracturing of internationalism and cooperation that occurred because of WWI. The question remains as to whether this new era technology that we lived and now live in is on of peace or mass destruction?
The only possible outcomes really are day or night, peace or war, tranquility or utter catastrophe. Which will earth and humans ultimately end up in? Will our human biases and fetish with power lead to our ultimate demise? Only time will tell, but a third World War would be the end of civilized society. The alternative would be that a world-wide war would never occur, and in this arena our competitive natures have saved us; the same weapons we fear so greatly have scared us out of ever using them. While we must only wait and see, we may maintain the hope that logic will prevail and society will carry on in peace. Science will never again be thought of as universally collaborative and non-political, but at least countries may co-exist in truce because of the potential catastrophe that science could produce. It is sad that this coexistence was not brought about without the destruction of scientific internationalism.