One of the most popular questions which is often asked is: "Are
scientific inventions making us happier ?"
Science today has given us such comforts as were unimaginable
years ago. Today we switch on the radio and listen to music, We have
electricity, telephones, televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, air-conditioning plants and a host of other gadgets. All these things have
made the life of man very easy and comfortable. The flush-lavatories,
shower-baths, electric fans, cinemas, cars, trams and "planes" are among
other scientific inventions which have increased the ease and happiness
Science has made traveling easy and efficient. The world has
become small for us. But those exciting adventures and romances which
traveling gave us in the past have all disappeared. Modem traveling is
a dull business.
People who live in big cities like New York or London have
benefited in some ways and lost in many other ways. The city people do
not have any leisure. Their life is so busy and mechanical that they do
not have any time "to stand and stare" as well as to see and appreciate
the beauties of nature. Their lives have become artificial, devoid of
charm and delight.
Modern age is an age of science. As science is advancing it is at
the same time thwarting our civilization. In the world of science, the
words love, emotion and sentiments are quite foreign. So what is the use
of science to man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul ?
Spiritualism is on the wane while materialism is on the increase.
Philosophy, culture and love are rapidly fading from the surface of the
earth because of the advancement of science.
On the destructive side, science has invented weapons which are
dreadful and disastrous. The invention of U-boats, Rockets, Atom
Bombs, Hydrogen Bombs and other harmful nuclear devices have
increased the chances of human destruction. Thus, if these weapons of
science are misused. they would spell disaster for entire mankind. This
is the peak of scientific civilization.
Thus the opinion generally remains divided on the above subject.
No one can claim that science is beneficial or a complete curse. While
a scientist makes inventions, a politician misuses them. Mainly, it is this
wrong application of scientific inventions by the politician which has
brought humanity to a bad state. In this respect science has dehumanized
us. Nowadays we have better drugs and surgical instruments but men are
becoming weak constitutionally. What an irony of fate it is ? Today, we
have a sensitive 'heart', a sensitive 'lung' and a sensitive liver' due to
fast speed, smoky atmosphere and dusty roads. Thus science, while it
makes mankind happy by its latest achievements, also makes it unhappy
when it shows its destructive power. But, broadly speaking, science can
be used for happiness but the mad mind of the man and particularly of
the politician misusing the discoveries of science, makes us unhappy.