Science: A Blessing Or A Curse
Science: A Blessing Or A Curse
Everything in the universe has its uses and abuses. The same applies to science. Science has revolutionized human existence and has made it happier and more comfortable. Modern science has many wonders. Electricity is one of its greatest wonders. It is a source of energy. It can run any type of machinery. With the help of electricity, we can light our rooms, run buses and trains and machinery, lift water for irrigation and can accomplish a multitude of other tasks.
Much of the progress that mankind has made in different fields right from the stone age to the modern age is due to the progress made in the filed of science. Not only material progress but also the mental outlook of man has been influenced by it. Agriculture, business, transport, communication and medicine to name a few are all highly indebted to the wonders of science. We have become scientifically much more advanced than our ancestors. This is because the world has undergone a tremendous change because of the rapid strides made by science and technology.
The discovery and development of a large number of powerful energy sources – coal, petroleum, natural gas, electricity etc. – have enabled humanity to conquer the barriers of nature. All these have facilitated the growth of fast modes of transport and communication, which have metamorphosed the world into a global village. Science has given man the means of travelling to the moon.
Science is a great help in the agricultural field too. The food production levels and quality have improved immensely due to multiple factors. Soil analysis, hybrid varieties of crops giving higher yield, fertilizers, pesticides, advanced tools and machinery, irrigation equipments, etc. have increased the production of crops. Today, we have also scores of meteorological satellites in outer space sending data and pictures to earth stations helping agricultural scientists find and analyse soil patterns. They can also help them trace progress of rains, wind and even locusts that endanger crops. Satellites even forewarn about natural calamities, like hurricanes which cause mass destruction. In addition, science has enabled man to diagnose and treat many dangerous diseases. Open heart surgeries, organ transplants, etc. have all become possible. A number of killer diseases are now curable.
Diseases such as smallpox, polio, plague, malaria, etc. have now almost been eradicated. Hidden diseases in the body can be diagnosed easily with the help of X-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc. Scientists have succeeded in cloning animals. The methods of diagnosis, prevention and treatment have developed with a rapid speed. As a result of tremendous progress in medical science, man finds himself safer and more secure.
Man, with the help of science, has been able to increase longevity, arrest the gradual decay of human body and control the spread of lethal diseases by discovering extraordinary life prolonging drugs and medicines. Science has also provided us with many means of education and entertainment. Television, video, radio, computer, Internet, etc. have enabled the human race to enrich its knowledge about almost everything in this world.
Information technology and computers have also revolutionized our lifestyles. Automation in banks and railway stations has provided relief to the public and staff alike. Ticketing and reservation have become more efficient and convenient. Internet has very useful applications in our day-to-day life. Mobile phones are the outcome of information technology. But, in many cases, this boon has been turned into bane because of its misuse. Science has, in recent times, posed a threat to the very existence of mankind with the invention of weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, biological, atomic, chemical, etc. Cyber crime is the latest addition to the list of various crimes. The misapplication of science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction.
Sir Alfred Nobel experimented with dynamite to clear huge mountains to turn it into productive land. But modern man is using it to kill his fellow human beings and destroy nature.
Biotechnology is a great boon for fighting the diseases. But along with medicines, lethal biological weapons have also been developed. Germs are deliberately released into the air to spread diseases. Anthrax envelopes are used for spreading terrorism. The negative effects of the excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides, used to increase yield, are now evident. Soil salinity has increased. Traces of DDT are found in plants. Establishment and expansion of factories has resulted in all-round pollution. Motor vehicles emit a lot of poisonous material into the atmosphere. This has led to the depletion of the ozone layer and global warming. Television, a good source of entertainment, education and information, has its negative effects too. There are many programmes which promote violence and vulgarity, and teenagers are more interested in watching these programmes. Aggressiveness and violence at an early age have led to shocking crimes. Sometimes, even the mature people learn and apply ingenious methods of crime by watching serials and moves. The power of the Internet is being abused by the widespread use of pornographic material. Lots of people spend their time in chat rooms for obscene discussion.
Science has two faces-good and bad. It depends on us which face we want to see. If we use the gifts of science in a positive way, then it will, provide us with sweet results, but if we use it in the wrong way, the results will definitely be bitter. To save ourse4lves and the world as a whole from destruction, we should follow the right way to use the gifts of science so that it appears as a blessing and not as a curse.
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