After World War I, the League of Nations was created to avoid another "war to end all wars," because of how horrifyingly massive the body count was. By 1914, humans had developed ways to slaughter their enemies by the hundreds of thousands. Humanity realized that technology had finally caught up with our bloodlust, and the result was devastating.
Of course though, we knew deep down that we'd never be able to extinct ourselves. There were just too many people on the planet. Even if another great war struck, there'd still be humans left to repopulate and prosper. But then, in the mid 1940's, we changed that.
Creating and detonating the first atomic bomb changed humanity forever. Finally, humans had discovered the means to completely destroy themselves forever. We, as a species, can now extinct ourselves should someone choose to do so.
That moment in history tells us so much about ourselves. For starters, it tells us that we're willing to even explore the very avenue of our own destruction. A prudent mind might think "wouldn't it be best to just let that be, and never develop extinction technology?" But in our desperation, we did it anyway.
The way I see it is that once the bomb was created, we were faced with an immediate choice: destroy ourselves or press on. We are still faced with that choice.
|Isn't it funny that we have the means to destroy ourselves|
but not the means to end child starvation?
Given that human beings are incredibly violent, selfish, myopic, and intollerant, I think we're pretty well screwed. Human beings will destroy themselves in the future. We don't listen to each other. Everyone is "always right," about everything, ever. We're all so right that we would be willing to die for our beliefs. We'd even be willing to kill for our beliefs.
Say what you want, but until we become "one world," i.e. the many peoples of the many nations become one people with the singular goal of promoting the prosperity and perpetuation of the entire species, we are on the path to destroy ourselves. The atomic bomb beats every single event in human history, because the bomb marked the beginning of the end.