It has everything to do with the understanding of the universe. The social situation of the world in general makes or breaks the ability of a scientist to achieve. Just look at the dark ages. Because the full knowledge that we have obtained is and never will be thanks solely to one person, the longer that a stable and intelligent society exist, the more generations of humans their will be to seriously study and discover facts of the universe.
I am by no means denying the fact that ignorance and viciousness is the norm today, I am suggesting the fact that it should be obvious to shun any form of that behavior. And by shunning that behavior what could arise is a society that supports free inquiry and the search for knowledge as one of the most important means to insure the long term survival of the human race.