Can Knowledge be a Burden rather than a Benefit?

There are two sides to every coin. You don’t know whether you’ll get a heads or a tails until you flip it. knowledge works in the same way. Yes, knowledge is power, but power corrupts. So, knowledge can be a burden at times rather than a benefit. Allow me to elucidate with examples.

Witnessing the doomsday-like scene of the test explosion of the first nuclear bomb, scientists experienced not only the happiness of achieving success, but also the dreadful fear and extreme worry for the world’s future. When the bombs successfully exploded in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, they remarked a gigantic leap in the fields of science and military. However, what we keep in mind is neither the excitement of the new born, state of the art weapon nor the relief of the end of the war; instead, it is two weeping cities in complete destruction with two hundred thousand innocent victims and endless incurable depression. The father of the atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer once claimed, “I am Death, the destroyer of the world.” for he understood what a huge burden knowledge has and can lead to.

Similarly, with the booming abundance of knowledge, in the chemistry field of industrial development, an extremely significant material named plastic is created and put onto an enormous scale of production. Nearly every daily-life object (water bottles, wire sheaths etc) contains a percentage of plastic. Thanks to plastic, people gain convenience and make impossible things possible. However everything has a dark side. The usage of plastic has risen to such a great extent that it is polluting the world at an ever increasing and extremely alarming rate. The knowledge and innovation put into creating plastic and revolutionizing it has ultimately created a burden on the world and its inhabitants.

In agriculture, medicine, and industry, knowledge has liberated us from hunger, disease, and tedious labor. Today, however, our knowledge has become so powerful that it is beyond our control. We know how to do many things, but we do not know where, when, or even whether this know-how should be used.



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