Brief Essay on Science is A Good Servant But A Bad Master

Brief Essay on Science is A Good Servant But A Bad Master

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Brief Essay : Science is a Good Servant But a Bad Master

Brief essay on Science is A Good Servant But A Bad Master

➽ Science exists for man; man does not exist for science. The aim of human life is a harmonious development of the faculties of knowing, feeling and willing or doing.

Material progress, unless balanced, enriched and refined by intellectual, moral and spiritual progress, will not bring the satisfaction which all men seek.

What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul ?

➽ Nobody should question the importance of science. But this importance shold not be given to science at the expense and sacrifice of other vital things. As the poet says:
 Let knowledge grow from more to more
But more of reverence in us dwell.
To overfeed the mind and starve the heart is no part of wisdom. The final goal of life is not knowledge but wisdom.

➽ So long as theoretical and applied science serve desirable material ends, science is a blessing.

Cheap and quick transport, electricity, time and labour-saving devices, progress in medicine and surgery, the gift of chemistry in the form of artificial manures and other very useful chemicals, atoms for peace, exploration of space for the advancement of knowledge, relieving human suffering in hundreds of ways, bringing in the age of of plenty and prosperity - all these go to show that science is a good servant.

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➽ But if science is allowed to cause suffering and destruction, if it is let loose without the control dictated by moral and human considerations, then science becomes a bad master.

We may let science enslave, or keep in slavery, backward nations, we may let science result in colonialism and imperialism, we may let it become an instrument of mass destruction through nuclear weapons or rockets with nuclear war-heads, we may let science become an instrument of mass poisoning and germ warfare, and then science will no more be a good servant but a bad master.

There is a story of an attempt to invent a liquid which will destroy every other object. When a villager saw some students of science engaged in concocting such a liquid he innocently asked them, 'But where will you keep it?'

We are also reminded of the story of King Midas whose prayer that whatever he touched should be transformed into gold was granted and with disastrous results.

To be morally backward but scientifically advanced is not a blessing but a curse. Like fire, science is a good servant but a bad master.