I recently finished up reading “Sure You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” It is a good book, although some of the details of some of later stories exceed mentioning in polite company. The interview ties many of the disparate aspects of the book together. I think the bit about the atomic bomb was particularly important. We are often embark on debatable tasks for good reasons. When we concentrate on doing the task, sometimes the reasons and the pretext changes. It is therefore essential to revisit our decisions. Feynman is, without a doubt, a brilliant man who loved life. However, he left behind a terrible gift that has the potential of putting human survival in jeopardy. This is the reevaluation that we, the inheritors of Feynman’s legacy, must consider: will we keep maintaining the machine of our potential destruction for the illusion of safety it provides, or will we step out from the shadow and dismantle it for a more hopeful future?
The real issue is probably not what the answer to the question is, but rather how many will have the imagination to even ask it in the first place.