Impact of science on humanity is undeniable. On the face of it, science and its inventions appear to be an unalloyed blessing. However, if we ponder a little, disturbing signs too appear.
How a blessing?
Effect on material well-being and mental attitudes; advantages of scientific discoveries in daily life – gadgets to remove drudgery, electricity, communications, transport, entertainment, computers; health – medicine, preventive and curative, control of disease and epidemic; industry, agriculture and economic development – improvement of means of production and productivity. As for mental attitude – scientific perspective banishes obscurantism and superstition; develops questioning spirit, objective outlook.
How a curse? Each of the blessings cited above has a dark side to it – a curse. Material well – being has led to crass materialism and consumer culture; discoveries of science have also produced weapons and means of destruction; use of scientific technological means of production and comforts has degraded environment, caused pollution; new diseases resistant to drugs keep coming up technological devices mean to for health field misused to kill – feticide, for instance; spirit of inquiry and positivism, if carried too far, can suppress essential humanity and actually restrict the free range of thought and imagination; gadgets and inventions can make man dependent and, in fact, kill his creativity.
So, is science a blessing or a curse? It would do well to recall what Milton said in a different context – the mid is its own place, it can make a hell of heaven, or a heaven of it is man’s responsibility. Man can use it creatively or destructively, turn it into a blessing or get crushed under its curse.
Different people have different opinions on whether technology is a blessing or a curse. As I see it, in the modern history of human civilization, technology has played an indispensable role and it has always been the first driving force of the prosperity of life and society, so I tend to support the idea that technology is mainly a blessing to us. Firstly, technology has made our lives much ...