Bertrand Russell was an anti-war activist, philosopher and mathematician. I think he is correct in the conclusion that scientific man can not be at war with itself. We are much too clever. We wield great power, but haven’t the sense not to use, nor can we contemplate all the problems we are sure to create.
In The Systems Bible by John Gall, it states
Destiny is largely a set of unquestioned assumptions.
Gall gives this piece of wisdom with respect to problem avoidance.
If you’re not there, the accident can happen without you.
Avoiding catastrophe can be a lot easier than dealing with it.