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“Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it
gains on the other.” Although written long ago these words
by, Ralph Waldo Emerson still hold true today. Everyday in
society people are making improvements, however, but
these improvements also have equal drawbacks. Today we
are using cutting edge technology to improve every aspect of
our daily lives. For instance in today’s society the fields of
Communication and Medicine are constantly advancing yet
they both create significant losses. Technology has helped
increase the speed of communication and decrease its cost.
However, at the same time it has caused people to become
more impersonal with each other. In earlier times the major
form of communication was for people to visit each other
and go to public meeting places. One of the next major
advances was the telephone. Due to the telephone people
no longer went to the public meeting places as often as they
used to. As time goes on, new advances still allow people to
contact and communicate with each other more easily.
These advances such as faxes, beepers, and electronic mail,
although seemingly making life easier, each help to decrease
the earlier forms of communication. The field of medicine,
like the field communication, also displays what Emerson
was trying to say. This field too, which had many advances,
has also caused many difficulties. As scientists and doctors
try to come up with cures for the many diseases we have
today, they are also making new ones. For example, when
scientists went to Africa in search of a cure for a disease,
they came back with monkeys that were contaminated with
the Emboli virus. Today in Russia there are military bases
where Russian scientists are creating thousands of germs and
viruses to use in germ warfare. These germs and viruses are
capable of killing thousands of people instantly. As
technology continues to advance and society moves
“forward”, people continue to use the less personal forms of
communication, and create new problems in the field of
medicine. The fear of becoming a society, which
communicates only through machines, and creates new
disease, is becoming greater with time. For all of society
gains there are equal drawbacks. So as in Ralph Waldo
Emerson words “society never advances.”