I am a sixteen year old aspiring theoretical physicist, my dream is to actually be the one who discover the GUT(I know it sounds a bit quixotic but that won't stop me). I was watching a tv show and it made me think even if I do find a gut theory how will it contribute to society on a large scale? will it make technology easier to build, will it make time travel possible, will it make the use of exotic energies usable such as dark matter possible? So this thought process made me think should I go for another profession one that will actually show a large scale contribution to society( i really want to be a theoretical physicist though). Oh and one more thing will finding such a theory have a direct or indirect impact on society? (if there is any).