That's exactly what they said about electricity in the 18th century. Just to help you though, here's a brief list of how the study of particle physics has benefited us:
Stealth subs propelled by screws (propellers) that have been made possible by using low-noise amplifiers developed to study PP.
Superconducting cables that deliver power to an ever increasing number of Americans, developed initially for accelerators.
Speaking of accelerators, everything from the modern x-ray to the gamma knife come from PP.
In the same arena, the detectors used by all of these wonderful new medical imaging devices came from the study of PP.
Don't know, though I've been working on some parallel research on a beer and potato chip budget.