Historian: Until the second half of the twentieth century understandings about science, human rights, and more were tied to membership in some group; for example, citizenship in a sovereign nation state.
Physicist: Advances in science, human rights, and more were thought to be made by great ideas, great persons, great nations.
Historian: Since mid-twentieth century we practice new norms transcending any form of membership, transcending all borders, political, religious, and every other kind of border. In science a model is the great supranational laboratory CERN. In human rights a model is Médecins Sans Frontières. We are still working on this.
Physicist: Working in science, working for human rights, and more, we understand that we are a tiny part of a much, much, bigger picture. Personal glory, national glory fade as sharing grows, as we embrace differences. We are still working on this.
For example, young engineers helping with clean water in Kenya [link]