There is far too much destruction power available today with nations than a hundred years ago. Are we heading towards a ugly future with so many automatic and brilliant machines to kill people (called "enemies" by civilized people!). If Americans used the ugly Atom bombs on Japanese decades ago, lately they have been busy chasing the most un-human "Human bombs" not invented by them. Besides, the world climate was rather orderly a century ago, it is messed up now. I personally see no lasting peace or prosperous world in coming years or decades. Please prove me wrong.
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Scientific advances in medical science has certainly helped people feel safe from diseases, that is wonderful. The so called world-wars.are a shame on human civilization. There must be ways to curtail negative forces - technological or otherwise.
How about working towards changing history and working for a world where there is peace and harmony among people. If technology can make people live longer it can also make them less violent and not wage or incite wars. Are we working towards it?
Utopian societies sound great. But I would not hold my breath. War and violence are born out of differing views and perspectives. Humans will never universally agree about everything. And there will always be those that seek to dominate others.
I admire your positive attitude. World will be a better place if such sentiments spread across the globe. Media can do a lot here if it gives up its obsession of negative events and focus on the positive side of life and society.
So, effectively people today are as evil or as good as they were a century ago. Technology has created better facilities, cured diseases, reduced labor and is also creating deadlier weapons. A safer world needs more good people, not more technology.
So in nutshell developing technologies don't develop people. World would be safer if we develop people into better humans. I see no institution teaching good human values, ethical living, the art of being kind to others, or respect for nature..
Actually, churches have been trying to do that for centuries. It's unfortunate that many lose slight of their purpose and engage in scandals and cultlike thinking. But many instances exist where they have done major good, like Mother Theresa.
Mother Teresa is what we need in every country and every town. She was full of real human qualities - love and compassion. There is need to promote these virtues and moral and ethical values. Why can't schools focus on this issue?
Despite technological advancements, do we now have ways available that won't allow all such uncivilized activities as chronicled here? Technology only in the hands of good people can make the world safer and better. But how can it be ensured?