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Is the world changing for the better?


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I'll go with a yes answer. Even though I think Americans are generally dumber thanks to television the world as a whole is a better place than it was one hundred years ago. We're curing diseases and most societys seem to be progressing.

 

Ideas seem to be progressing, too. One day we might actually live in a world where people don't bat an eyelash when they hear about homosexuals. It seems as though the Fred Phelps' are a minority, now.

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I believe in asking this question you must divide it into multiple areas.

 

First off in what time frame are we considering? Since the fall of the USSR? Since the end of WW2? Since the Civil War?

 

Second you must take into consideration the area of how it is getting better and worse.

 

Are we better against diseases? Of course. Is there more strange diseases? Yes, there is or mutations of old ones.

 

Are we better at science? Yes, of course we are.

Are we are more segemented and divisioned world then before? Yes we are.

 

Over all I think the positive still will outweight the loss, but only barely. If you asked me this question in 1998 I would of told you a firm and large yes.

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The world is always changing for the better, since the beginnings of civilization. The reason?

 

Technology...

 

When you can make things more efficient and easy, the human race as a whole develops in both physical and mental capabilities. I know that many people will respond by saying that crime is ever present, and that discrimination and hate make us the same neanderthals that we've been pretty much forever.....But I think as long as we keep coming up with new innovations to make life increasingly easier to manage, and we grow intellectually at the pace we have been since the days of Mesopotamia, then yes--we are changing for the better...Constantly.

 

I could really get into more detail, but as many of you know, I wrote about 5000 words yesterday for class, barely got any sleep, and am now souped up on Red Bull. I'll post more later on.

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The world is always changing for the better, since the beginnings of civilization. The reason?

 

Technology...

 

When you can make things more efficient and easy, the human race as a whole develops in both physical and mental capabilities. I know that many people will respond by saying that crime is ever present, and that discrimination and hate make us the same neanderthals that we've been pretty much forever.....But I think as long as we keep coming up with new innovations to make life increasingly easier to manage, and we grow intellectually at the pace we have been since the days of Mesopotamia, then yes--we are changing for the better...Constantly.

 

I could really get into more detail, but as many of you know, I wrote about 5000 words yesterday for class, barely got any sleep, and am now souped up on Red Bull. I'll post more later on.

 

 

 

I tend to agree. I think that if technology continues to progress, we should be able to address some of the greatest concerns known to man. Technology, however, has to be researched for fixing problems and not just for gain. I believe it is.

 

But I also think that with all good, there is the risk of bad. There is always the fear that technology will end up making us isolated individuals with little or no need to interact.

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The world is always changing for the better, since the beginnings of civilization. The reason?

 

Technology...

 

When you can make things more efficient and easy, the human race as a whole develops in both physical and mental capabilities. I know that many people will respond by saying that crime is ever present, and that discrimination and hate make us the same neanderthals that we've been pretty much forever.....But I think as long as we keep coming up with new innovations to make life increasingly easier to manage, and we grow intellectually at the pace we have been since the days of Mesopotamia, then yes--we are changing for the better...Constantly.

 

I could really get into more detail, but as many of you know, I wrote about 5000 words yesterday for class, barely got any sleep, and am now souped up on Red Bull. I'll post more later on.

 

 

Technology, to me, is neither good or bad.

 

For every hand cart there is a copper spear. For every irrigation system there is a chariot, etc. You could also argue technology on a whole is bad as in simpler times the capacity to destroy the world never existed.

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Yes. You can say all you want about all the conflicts about the world right, but McWorld is still beating out Jihad. Technology is greating improving just about everything and is drving globalization, bring the world closer together to the point where borders will probably be irrevelant within a century. People are living better lives and living longer, a trend that will increase in all countries (except Swaziland and Lesotho maybe).

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Technology, to me, is neither good or bad.

 

For every hand cart there is a copper spear. For every irrigation system there is a chariot, etc. You could also argue technology on a whole is bad as in simpler times the capacity to destroy the world never existed.

 

 

Agreed. Technology's great & all, but there's a school of thought that says it's only a matter of time before a civilization destroys itself. Once we've developed the means, is it only a matter of time?

 

Technology has no morality. It all depends on what we do with it. These are pretty incredible times though, the tech side is advancing so quickly you wonder whether our humanity can keep up.

 

I think the whole globalization thing is a big step. If we can get through these "clash of civilization" with nations and religions and cultures getting along, we'll be well on our way.

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People talk about technology as being something that has been changing the world for the better.

 

 

While it does do this, it also changes the world for the worser also. (And I know worser isnt a word)

 

Technology is inherently better for our society and all societies. Look at all the technological advancements in our world and we will automatically see the benefits. What we often gloss over are the negatives and they do exist. Look at our cities, they have never been dirtier, in spite of all of the advancements. And dont try to spin the yarn that these things dont exist (smog, acid rain, etc)

 

There are amazing advances in medicine as well and just general knowledge, and knowledge alone can go miles above and beyond everything else.

 

Overall, I'd say we are changing for the better or at least have the potential to do so. But this has existed for centuries. As long as we have religious fanactics, wars, etc we can never truly advance in this world.

 

Right now I would say that we are on the downside of better. But just as quickly we can recover and move toward a better world and a better society.

 

So thats why I would say that the answer is both yes and no.

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