In my Opinion Science and Technology is definitely a curse. Of course, I enjoy the benefits of the advancement of Technology. But what if they were never available ??
1. Cannot sleep a single night without Air condition now. But I don’t remember a single day I suffered in sophistication in my Young age. I rejoice the moments, sleeping in open space Terrace in Summer.
2. Modern Science cures almost all diseases. But in olden days, there were not so many diseases. Human were more healthier than now.
3. Technology saves a lot from their deathbed. But in India alone 1.5 Lakhs die in Road accidents each year. What if we travel in Bullock Cart and Horses, Could anybody die in accident ??
4. Technology would make us travel around the global over night. But we would have been much happier in home town along with family if no such facility available.
5. Enormous technology in Entertainment. Video gaming, simulations, theaters. But never had a boredom feel in child hood without any of these technologies. Playing with friends on the road was the most entertaining time.
Science in its widest sense can only be a blessing and never a curse. But ‘blinkered science’, or science with blinkers on, is a curse that far outweighs the blessing. Unfortunately, that is what has happened to science. Science has developed along a very narrow path. That’s a great curse.
What is science in its widest sense? It is discovery of the laws of nature. Science can therefore be said to bring blessing only, by wiping away illusions and beliefs, and replacing them with knowledge and truth.
Science together with its associated inventions has made life easier and more comfortable. Yet at the same time, the same science is responsible for weapons of mass destruction that threaten our existence. It has made life comfortable, yes, but less liveable. It has resulted in disturbing the natural balance in nature, pollution, global warming, and so on. The list can be endless. Man had lived happily a few centuries earlier without all those scientific discovery and gadgets. Now we have all the technological comforts, and these comforts will grow as time goes by, but now we live with greater fear from terrorism and in an unclean and ever deteriorating environment. Only science can be held responsible for this.
That has been a curse of science. It is the deteriorating environment and the misuse of science, that is a result of this curse. This has happened because science has put on ‘blinkers’ excluding or ignoring a large area, which it should have otherwise brought within its ambit.
The limitation of science, which I call ‘blinkers’ and a cause for curse, has been it has only considered the visible forces of nature. There is a large unseen world (or perhaps a number of worlds, as occultism recognises) from which science has totally distanced itself, calling it ‘superstition’ or ‘unfounded belief’. As a result it has not been able to make advances in scientific directions to cover areas of spirit, souls and the super natural, which could have otherwise improved the psyche of the human race. The two, technology development and psyche development need to go hand in hand.
When technology outgrows the human psyche, an imbalance is created. This has shown itself as a curse of science, we seem to be facing today. And this curse, far outweighs the blessing.
Instead of rubbishing theological beliefs, instead of rubbishing occultism, if science takes care to evolve them, the world will surely become a better place to live. Look, what has happened in our lost history?
When Zoroastrianism, was born in Persia, it slowly overshadowed Star-worship. Star-worship then retreated to Mesopotamia where it remained as a dominant faith for a long time, before it took a very scientific form. Astronomy and astrology reached a zenith. Unfortunately, it did not go further as it should have, because the real scientists – the Initiates – were too few and the masses couldn’t understand them.
That is how our science should be overtake ‘theological beliefs’ by studying unseen influences, and give it credibility and direction.
Unfortunately, a university degree or formal education cannot qualify such ‘scientists’ who can undertake such a new domain as a science. The qualities of super-consciousness, or qualifications like clairvoyance and clairaudience (psychic faculties) will be needed. It is much more than what is dished out or can be taught in universities. Inner intelligence is needed for such researchers, as they would also need to go beyond walls of illusion (illusions or deception in the unseen worlds are far too many). Just by having an extraordinary IQ is insufficient. A still greater intelligence of a different nature, and sensitivity of senses is needed to make discovery in the field of the unseen. Just like we have now up with EQ along with IQ, we need another quotient to measure and define this inner hidden intelligence.
Unfortunately, those who have these qualities today and qualify to become researchers, are mostly left unguided or unrecognised, and often laughed at by ignorant people (these are men who call themselves ‘men of science’, and I consider them ignorant as many of them shut their eyes for the unseen). There is little or no way for our world to grow in that direction of scientific knowledge.
The situation today is not too different from the middle age where the priests decided on the validity of what the scientists had discovered. If they did not like something, if it didn’t appeal to them, if it militated against their idea of God, the poor scientists were persecuted and sometimes burnt at stake. That’s what had happened to Giordano Bruno, who according me was a great scientist of the sixteenth century. (He was burned at the stake for heresy in Rome, on February 17, 1600).
The only difference between the sixteenth century and now is that the tables have been turned. Now science scorns occultism, in the way God-beliefs scorned science. That’s what I mean, when I say science is living with blinkers on. That’s the greatest curse for science.
Society conforms to fixed acceptable norms of behaviour which are moral and ethical and at the same time don’t threat and endanger the existence or life of any member of the society. Society believes in doing good of majority ,i.e. majority opinion and ideas are well promoted, while exceptions still exist.
Things happen for a reason for they are meant to happen the way they do. Everything is interlinked and consequential i.e. cause and effect and for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We are living beings and with our thoughts and actions we set things into motion, and determine and set our fate and destiny. Science helps better objectively explain such facts and happenings. Life is full of big and short events but no matter how small things are, they hold equal and same value or purpose. Science helps us better understand and we use it for our own convenience and to solve our own problems and motives. When we believe in selfish purposes and use science for self centred gain , science may acquire a negative and destructive notion. But in this chaotic universe where nothing is good and bad rather everything is a part of everything else and things get destroyed only to give way for new things to appear, all what is , is justified.
SCIENCE: A BLESSING OR CURSE
Nothing has changed the course of our lives the way science has done. From the very basic household chores to the most complicated areas of our lives, it has completely revolutionized everything around us. Science has enabled humankind to solve the unanswered mysteries of the universe and explore things that once seemed impossible.
Science not only empowers the man as a person, but also plays a vital role in the progress of a whole nation. It was science that uplifted Europe that had plunged into an era of darkness and proved itself a beacon of light for those war torn countries. Instant communication is one of the major perk of science. Message that would take hundreds of days to reach are now sent in seconds. With the invention of bullet trains and airplanes, distance that would take months to travel takes only hours now. Diseases that would wipe out whole countries are now cured with just a single vaccine.
However, with perks come the perils. Science, unfortunately, has also brought human race on the verge of destruction. In this age of modern technology which has led to the invention of lethal nuclear arsenals, such as atomic bombs, millions of people can perish in seconds. Moreover, the emission of toxic gasses is gravely damaging the ozone layer, thus endangering the lives of billions of people around the globe. Humans are now encountering novel issues such as melting of glaciers, rise of earth temperature and sustained flooding.
Those who are batting that science is only a blessing for them let me tell that if anything bad that is going on in this world it is because of this subject.
Science was created by humans to study the surroundings and search for the truth and unravel the mysteries that lies deep within. This has led to development of large buildings, cars, fast jet planes space rockets and much more. It is because of the new technology that we can sleep peacefully, but at the same time it is also a silent killer.
Can anyone tell how many people died due to bombings that took place around the world particularly in Japan. It was a nuclear weapon created with the help of science based on the principle of nuclear fission and fussion which was discovered to replace the conventional energy resources in future but ultimately it became a tool of destruction. Plastics were created to replace the old and fragile iron and mud toys and goods in the market and now it is polluting the environment. Gun was developed by military for their defense and is now being used by terrorists to promote killing. Their are many examples. We are so much dependent on electricity only that without one day of electricity we go mad. But our ancestors didn’t had all that yet they lived more peacefully. We humans are creating such a mess that we are killing ourself with our own hands and is no less than suicide.
Science is the way to know how the world works. This knowledge gives us the power to change things around us. How we use that power is what decides if science is a curse or a blessing.
Do we need to have that power? Of course! Think of the life of our ancestors thousands of years ago, and then look around you, and you will know why. The knowledge, and the resulting power, is of immense value to human civilization. But, as Isaac Asimov stated, “the saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”.
So what do we do to gather that wisdom? I believe that knowledge of science will lead to that wisdom.
When we realize the underlying unity of all life forms, when we realize how our actions affect the fragile interplay of factors which make life possible, when we realize how vast the cosmos really is and hence how rare a fellow human being is in this vastness, then we will have that wisdom. In other words a scientifically literate populace will mean more wisdom for the society.
For an in-depth analysis of this very question I recommend you read The Meaning of It All by Richard Feynman