One hundred years later on its centennial, the nagging question remains. Do we make a valiant attempt at trying to comprehend how the effects and aftershocks from this “Great War” which reverberate into the present day will continue to mark our future or do we do the same ole’ same ole’ and like the definition of the word “Armistice” not really understand exactly what it means and not really care, either?Read more "Understanding Its Monumental Meaning: 100 Years Post-Armistice"
As Fritz Haber saw it, he was a German first and foremost, in particular, a Prussian. So when War broke out in the summer of 1914, Haber did what any good Prussian would do – the man devoted every waking minute to the War effort to ensure victory for the Fatherland.
This is reflected in the quote he is remembered most for saying:
“During Peace time a scientist belongs to the world, but during War time, he belongs to his country.”
– Fritz Haber
Many within his field could not have wholeheartedly disagreed more with Haber’s stance on Science’s role in times of War, such as his good friend Albert Einstein, who said on numerous occasions during both World Wars that his only allegiance was to being a Pacifist.
As the First World War raged more and more, so too did Haber’s zealotry for his country. Despite it being clearly obvious how much his patriotic drive was dividing him between long standing colleagues like Einstein and even his own spouse, Fritz Haber’s fervor for the Fatherland was undeterred.Read more "Fritz Haber – Modernity’s Mutable Angel of Life and Death, Part II : Killing Millions"
Within the Pantheon of scientific geniuses born in the middle of the 19th century, only Fritz Haber is credited for an invention which many believe to be the 20th century’s greatest achievement of scientific innovation. An achievement which not only expanded our working knowledge of the Universe, it positively altered the course of humanity’s progress on this planet.
Conversely alongside J. Robert Oppenheimer who directed The Manhattan Project which created and utilized the world’s first nuclear weapons, Fritz Haber is one of the most vilified scientists of all time due to another invention of his making which elevated the horror of War to a level of incomprehensible terror the likes of which had not been experienced before in the history of Mankind.
Never was there such a man who gave and took so much from the world around him with his creations that brought both Life and Death stemming from the same foundational source – his fervent love of country.Read more "Fritz Haber – Modernity’s Mutable Angel of Life and Death, Part I : Saving Billions"
There’s no need to translate, formulaicly or otherwise, that a violent death would be the most famous and highly notorious aspect associated with the date of June 28th, 1914. Plus, as already mentioned throughout this series, the deaths of a husband and wife which occurred on that June day one century ago would have repercussions on a most massive scale, resulting in a global conflict that would change the world and eventually take the lives of over 37 million souls forever from this planet, nearly 5 million of them being American military.
As our future continues to unfold deeper into the 21st century, may today’s society always keep the date of June 28th, 1914 fresh within its collective memory for us to learn from and not perpetuate the wrongs of humanity’s past.Read more "June 28th, 1914: The Day the World Changed, World War I & Our Unfolding Future – Part III"
“Europe today is a powder keg and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal … A single spark will set off an explosion that will consume us all … I cannot tell you when that explosion will occur, but I can tell you where … Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans will set it off.”
– Otto von Bismarck, after being asked by the 1878 Congress of Berlin what he thought would start the next major war in Europe.
“I know I shall soon be murdered.” – supposedly said by the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to a group of friends a few weeks prior to his assassination.Read more "June 28th, 1914: The Day the World Changed,World War I & Our Unfolding Future – Part II"
The First World War permanently changed the world and its historical source can be traced back to one particular day in the early 20th century. A date in human history which still affects us – right to this very present moment in modern real time.
A new world emerged following World War I that was no longer naively nationalistic, since the conflict began with all parties on both sides joyfully marching off to fight, and ended with 37 million people losing their lives, never to be seen again.Read more "June 28th, 1914: The Day the World Changed, World War I & Our Unfolding Future – Part I"