Human Beings and Their Control Over Nature in the Twentieth Century

1742 Words 7 Pages
Human Beings and Their Control Over Nature in the Twentieth Century

Throughout the history of western civilization, the human race has had a continuing relationship with nature and the environment. Progress has improved the way in which human beings use natural resources and the ways in which they work together to improve the quality of life. Developments in science and technology of the twentieth-century have greatly improved the way that humans interact. As the technological advancements of the twentieth-century progressed from the discovery of vaccinations to computer age technology, humans have learned to take a considerable amount of control over their lives and the environment as compared to the past, in which humans had
…show more content…
ìThis pattern of challenge and reassertion has been repeated time and time againî throughout history(1).

ìOne of the areas in which the progress of the twentieth century is most evident is in the field of health careî(2). Medical technology has improved to such an extent that people now question their ability to ìplay Godî. In the past, diseases such as the bubonic plague and polio threatened civilization. These dangers to humanity were eliminated in the twentieth century by the discovery of vaccinations and antibiotics. Humans did not allow this aspect of nature to control their lives any longer. For example, ìgeonomics, the study of genes and their functional regulation in health and disease, now occupies center stage in biomedical researchî(3). This practice allows humans to use genetics to alter the outcome of nature regarding disease and childbirth. With these developments, certain genes have been discovered that predispose ailments such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimerís disease, and kidney disease(4). These discoveries allow scientists and doctors to alter genes and change the course of nature. Procedures such as these have raised many ethical questions. The possibilities seem to be endless concerning these techniques. Should humans have the right to play God and control nature? These questions cause humans to realize their growing responsibility concerning

Related Documents