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Shvoong Home>Books>Science Fiction & Fantasy>PROGRESS DOES NOT LIE IN MERE SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT.... Review

PROGRESS DOES NOT LIE IN MERE SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT....

Book Review   by:kuttuusan     Original Author: RAVI CHOPRA
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MUCH OF THE PROGRESS THAT MAN HAS MADE IS TAGGED WITH SCIENCE.NOT ONLY PROGRESS BUT ALSO THE MENTAL OUTLOOK OF MAN IS AFFECTED BY IT.THE GREATEST VICTORY OF MAN IS CONTROL OVER NATURE.HE TRIED TO UNVEIL THE MYSTERIES OF NATURE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT.HE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN ANNIHILATING DISTANCE AND HAS AT HIS DISPOSAL NOT ONLY PLANES BUT APOLLO CRAFTS AND LUNAS WHICH MOVE FASTER THAN THE VELOCITY OF SOUND.THE TELEPHONE,TELEGRAPH,WIRELESS AND RADIO HAVE MADE COMMUNICATION SO EASY THAT WE FEEL THAT THE WORLD HAS SHRUNK IN SIZE.MAN HAS NOW GUNS,TANKS,MISSILES,BOMBS AND SO MANY OTHER DESTRUCTIVE WEAPONS.EVEN A SINGLE MAN CAN KILL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN A VERY SHORT TIME.ON THE OTHER HAND THE DIMINUTION OF HUMAN SUFFERINGS OWING TO THE ADVAVNCES IN MEDICINE IS BEYOND ALL CALCULATIONS.THE WONDER DRUGS OF THE PRESENT AGE HAVE REVOLUTIONISED THE SYSTEM OF MEDICALTEATMENT AND ARE GIVING A NEW LIFE TO THOUSANDS.MAN HAS GOT AMENITIES FOR AND COMFORTS OF LIFE WHICH HE HAD NEVER DREAMT OF BEFORE.HE HAS AN ELECTRIC FAN,TV,FRIDGE ETC.HE HAS PROGRESSED IN WEALTH AND PROSPERITY.HE HAS IMPROVED AGRICULTURAL AND IRRIGATIONAL FACCILITIES MUCH AND NEED NOT DEPEND ON NATURE.IS THIS PROGRESS REAL..?? THE WORD "PROGRESS" ADMITS OF SO MANY INTERPRETATIONS AND TO SOME EXTENT IT IS AMBIGUOUS ALSO.PROGRESS CANNOT BE CALLED'CHANGE, BECAUSE CHANGE MAY BE FOR THE BETTER OR FOR THE WORSE.PROGRESS IS A PURPOSEFUL CHANGE.PROGRESS CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED WITH EVOLUTION BECAUSE EVOLUTION IS PARTLY A PROCESS OF NATURE AND PARTLY,AS THE MODERN PHILOSOPHRES THINK,A PART OF UNCONSCIOUS HUMAN EFFORT. ALL THE PROGRESS MAN HAS MADE IS MATERIAL PROGRESS.
AS A RESULT OF THIS PROGRESS MAN HAS BECOME MORE ANALYTICAL,OBJECTIVE AND MECHANICAL IN HIS ATTITUDE. MAN IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN THE ART OF GOVERNING THE COMMUNITY.RIGHT FROM MONARCHY,MAN HAS COME DOWN TO FULL FLEDGED DEMOCRACY.THE WHOLE SOCIETY IS NOT FULLY RULED BY A SINGLE KING.EVERYBODY HAS FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND SPEECH.MAN IS INDEPENDENT.DEMOCRACY HAS INCREASED THE GAP BETWEEN THE POOR AND RICH.CORRUPTION,EXPOLITATION ARE THERE IN THIS TYPE OF SOCIETY. IF WE REVIEW THE INTERNAL SITUATIONS WE FIND THAT MAN HAS DEGENERATED A LOT.HE IS BUSY INVENTING DESTRUCTIVE WEAPONS.THE POWER HE€QUIRES IN THIS WAY IS GREATER AND MUCH RELIABLE.NATIONS RULE SMALL NATIONS. THE WORLD NEEDS A MORAL REGENERATION BECAUSE PERHAPS THE DEVILS IS AT WORK UPON THIS PLANET.IF THE DESTRUCTIONS CAUSED BY THE DEVIL ARE NOT COUNTERACTED,THE CONSEQUENCES MAY BE DANGEROUS AND DEVASTATING. IT IS NECCESSARY THAT NATIONS MAY DEVELOP A MORAL OUTLOOK.MAN WILL HAVE TO DIVERT FROM HIS PRESENT PATH OF PROGRESS BECAUSE ITS DESTINATION IS DISSATISFACTION WHICH WILL BRING AN END TO THE HUMANITY.MODERN PROGRESS SHOULD BE VIEWED FROM THE MORAL POINT OF VIEW AND GIVEN A TURN WHICH MAY SERVE HUMANITY.IT IS NOT A PROGRESS IN THE REAL SENSE OF THE WORD BECAUSE MAN HAS NOT IMPROVED AS FAR AS HUMANITARIANISM IS CONCERNED.
Published: May 30, 2006   
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