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Question: Do changes that make our lives easier not necessarily make them better?

Question: Do changes that make our lives easier not necessarily make them better?


2011/3/16 21:19:29

Posted by DoctorZ | 阅读全文 | 回复(2) | 引用通告 | 编辑

Re:Question: Do changes that make our lives easier not necessarily make them better?

Sample Essay 2 - Score of 6

 

Throughout time mankind has strived to make his life easier. Whether it be through technology, science, or theories of social interaction every generation has made one contribution. From the idea of crop rotation to the cellular telephone mankind has advanced. It can be argued however, that not all of these advancements were beneficial. Many times people are accused of “taking the easy way out”, something that is looked down upon in today’s society.

 

Consider, if you will, ancient Grecian Society. With hardly any of the technological or scientific advancements we have today, they were able to produce some of the greatest thinkers of all time. Socrates and Plato still influence modern philosophical thought. In addition, these men were well versed in all disciplines. They were thinkers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, artists and much more. Examine some other great men in history. Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the greatest scientists and also one of the greatest artists of all time, he even invented and drew up early plans for the helicopter. These ancient men, without the technology and ease of life we have today, were able to produce some of the most prolific additions to human knowledge ever.

 

Now let us examine some men from our time. Bill Gates, while adding immensely to the pleasures and ease of man’s life, did so only by forcefully destroying many fledgling companies and completely undermining our capitalistic market place. Very very few men in our time are leaders in more than one discipline. There are no scientists/artists or writer/mathematicians. Men, while being able to more deeply delve into a discipline, are now restricted to it. I attribute this to technology. We now have a life outside of our work. A life with computers, cars, movies, and dinner with the family from across the country. Man-kind can no longer devote himself to his work. He has his work life, and his home life. While a cell phone allows me to talk to anyone from anywhere, it prevents me from being alone and fully concentrating.

 

While the internet allows me to look at websites from around the world, it prevents me from doing the work I set out to do. While technology and science have made man’s life easier, they have not made it better. Man has become less productive and less devoted, partly, as a result of this newfound ease of life. Therefore, What makes our lives easier does not necessarily make them better.


2011/4/29 8:09:49

Posted by doctorzhang | 个人主页 | 引用 | 返回 | 删除 | 回复

Re:Question: Do changes that make our lives easier not necessarily make them better?

Sample Essay 1 -

Today's world is clearly much different than it was hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Many inventions have come forth, and technology has brought about much change. While these changes often make life easier they don't necessarily make it better.

The automobile is a common invention that has certainly made life easier. The automobile has made life easier by making transportation much quicker. As opposed to traveling from one state to another by walking, taking weeks, one can simply ride his or her car to the state in a matter of hours. However, as easy as the automobile has made life, problems have arisen. One major problem is the damage these automobiles are doing to the environment. The atmosphere is being polluted, and many scientists warn of global warming. Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" highlights the detrimental effects of global warming. Another consequence of automobiles is that car accidents and plane crashes occur frequently, leading to death. Travel has been made easier, but at the expense of an invention that is polluting the environment and capable of causing death.

Another result of modernization has been the rise of fast food restaurants. These fast food restaurants are convenient sources of food for the modern busy man. However, these restaurants are notorious for their unhealthy food. McDonald's is constantly criticized for its food leading to obesity. In fact, these was a documentary called "Supersize Me", in which a man only consumed McDonald's food for a month. At the end of the month his weight increased, and the doctors explained that he had greatly damaged his health. Our ancestors may have had to work hard to hunt and gather food, rather than have it made quickly at a nearby fast food restaurant, but at least they got exercise, and the food was natural and not stripped of its nutrients.

Technology and change have made life easier but not necessarily better. Automobiles have become a cause of pollution and death, and fast food restaurants sell unhealthful food. Thus, what makes life easier does not necessarily make it better.


2011/3/16 21:20:56

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