Einstein quote, Argumentative essay

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‘It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.’ – Albert Einstein

I thought that the best way to understand such a topic would be to ask the most obvious question. What is humanity? The dictionary states humanity to be the human race, human nature and of being humane and benevolent. It is, however, a controversial topic as to whether or not we can lose our humanity if it is, in the end, human nature. In this day and age it seems as though we are going through a technological revolution. We are so driven by technology that most people cannot live without it. While Einstein was referring to the nuclear physicists when he made this statement the question still lingers in the mind of many human beings?
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It went from tanks to bombs and then to nuclear bombs. Each time the weapons advanced, the more people man had the power to kill. While the people of a country are living in slums and in famine, the government uses its money on weaponry, and we are forced to question the ethics of it all. Sydney J. Harris once said, "The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers." This goes hand in hand with a quote from the prolific graffiti artist Banksy; “I see humans but no humanity."

Although there are many aspects, which contribute to the infallibility of Einstein’s words, there are many aspects to which technology contributes to humanity in a positive way. If we did not develop we would not have any of what we have now. The development of technology has improved the lives of many people because of medical research. We developed from using salt to preserve food to refrigerators. Technology has helped with the efficiency of industry and globalization and while technology has been used for destruction it has more so been used to save peoples lives. From the use of medicine to the use of seismographs, "Necessity is the mother of invention" as Plato once said. I, too, believe it is when people become desperate that we invent and discover new things.

Although there are many things which give and take away from our humanity I think one should always keep in mind the balance of nature. That for

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