The breeds will never be reunited -- not just talking Labs but any breeds with divergence. People who are most successful at field trials generally don't care what their dogs look like; or more realistically they think their dogs look GREAT and fit their interpretation of the standard. They can win, they can stud out their dogs, they don't care. People who are generally most successful in the show ring know their dogs can't compete in field trials. They are winning in their venue, and most can pass instinct tests like JH with a bit of effort/training. Their dogs are fine personal hunters. That's enough for most. Some are going beyond and you see an increasing number of AKC CH or GCH master hunters, but there will never IMO be a true dual champion (field trial and AKC champion) in the breed again. Breeds that continue to produce dual champions are better suited for the speed and intensity of today's field games, as they were originally structured and created in ways that are advantageous for modern competition. Labs were not originally envisioned for today's competitions and certain lines and kennel programs bred for success in field trials where it is helpful to be structured to look like a black, yellow, or chocolate Greyhound. On the show side, there are some kennels that are equally extreme in their breedings.
Everyone should just enjoy their dogs and/or breed the Labs that you think are the best, truest example of the breed, and compete with your breeding stock. All the online griping about the field/bench divide will not resolve it.