“Men love to wonder and that is the speed of science” (Ralph waldo Emerson)
Modern science has evolved over long period, and has now reached the peak of success. It has worked wonders in our life, but it cannot be said that is altogether a blessing. The fear of war and destruction hangs over out heads all the time. In order to understand the creative and destructive aspects of modern science, we stand in need of an analysis that will help us differentiate between the good and the bad.
As we look over the bright side of the achievements of science, we come to realise that there is hardly any sphere of life that has not been enhanced by the creative abilities of man. In the field of medical science knowledge and research has gone to such an extent that almost all the ailments have found a cure.
In the realm of communication, modern scientific inventions have helped a lot. The far flung corners of the world have been linked together with a wide spread air network. Distances have lost their meanings and thousands of miles can be covered with in hours. Travelling today is not only swift but also full of pleasure and luxury.
Modern science has opened new vistas of entertainment; we are provided entertainment at home and we owe it all to science. Readers are provided illustrated colourful books due to the blessing of modern science. The advantages of science are not restricted to the urban population. In the fields of agriculture, forestry and fishery, science has provided the rural population with the latest implements. This keeps the nations on the path of progress and prosperity.
On the other side, we cannot help coming to the conclusion that science is also the monster of death and destruction. Man has gained knowledge in the field of science but due to lack of wisdom, he is misusing this knowledge. All big nations are thinking of fulfilling the dream of becoming the superpower. The wars of today are not limited to the battlefield. It brings about epidemic killing of the civilisation population. Moreover, science no doubt provides new ways of entertainment but these very means of amusement are bringing a sharp decline in the moral values of the young generation and equally sharp increase in the number of crimes.
We conclude that science by itself is neither good nor bad. It is the will and intention of man, which makes him, put it to constructive use or takes it to the path of devil.
SHOAIB SHAH RIZVI