I guess I've been beaten to the punch in using "schism" in a post or headline, but there's one going on right now anyway.
I wonder if the Great Schism went down like this. You'd think big moments in history would be obvious when they're happening, but maybe not. Who would have thought when it was first advertised that the Macintosh would have had such an effect?
Maybe this difficulty in seeing the forest when you're in it is why reputable halls of fame, such as baseball and sainthood, make would-be entrants wait a while to get in and why there are so many bullshit choices made for awards given the same year something happened ("Crash" - need I say more?)