"Progress has an internal logic that can lead beyond reason to catastrophe. A seductive trail of success may end in a trap.
Take weapons, for example. Ever since the Chinese invented gunpowder, there has been great progress in the making of bangs: from the firecracker to the cannon, from the petard to the high explosive shell. And just when high explosives were reaching a state of perfection, progress found the infinitely bigger band in the atom. But when the bang we can make blow up our world, we have made rather too much progress.
….. President Kennedy [on nuclear weapons] said, “If mankind does not put an end to war, war will put an end to mankind"
A Short History of Progress | Ronald Wright | p5