Paul Hartal

Science And Ethics - Poem by Paul Hartal

Science flies the triumphal banners
of magnificent human accomplishments.
Mind you, among many other things,
it provides us with antibiotics, electricity
and plastics, and (without the use of
modern computers) it put astronauts
on the moon.

However, science is a dangerous endeavor.
It has allowed increasing global pollution.
It also ushered in a permanent threat
of nuclear annihilation.
Without science Auschwitz and Hiroshima
would not have been possible.

Thus science is a paradoxical enterprise.
Its massive pillars are tested facts.
It prides itself in being objective.
It pursues the spiralling course of truth
but truth remains constantly elusive.

Science lacks intrinsic ethical safeguards.
It has no built-in values serving as its
moral compass.It alienates itself
from human emotions, aiming at
transcending good and evil.

Consequently, love and compassion
are excluded from the edifice of
the scientific method.
Although specialized skills, cold observation,
mathematical exactitude not necessarily
ostracise, nevertheless, they leave poetry,
heart and flowers standing behind the fence.

Topic(s) of this poem: philosophy

Comments about Science And Ethics by Paul Hartal

  • Leeann Azzopardi (3/26/2019 4:20:00 AM)

    i feel that way when techology tries to divide us, but it also bring us together in a way thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

    Paul Hartal(3/27/2019 1:41:00 PM)

    Thank You for your comment, Leeann/

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (3/15/2018 3:47:00 AM)

    Wonderful.write.......! Science focuses only on exactitude and not on the plenitude of man as one of soul and body! (Report)Reply

    Paul Hartal(3/17/2018 10:48:00 AM)

    Thank you, Valsa, for reading the poem and your erudite comment.

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  • Rajkamal P.j (11/8/2014 9:29:00 PM)

    Science erodes ethics.true. Good write. (Report)Reply

    Paul Hartal(3/17/2018 10:50:00 AM)

    Thank you for your appreciation.

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  • Douglas Scotney (11/8/2014 8:57:00 PM)

    good Paul. Now do one on bankers (Report)Reply

    Paul Hartal(3/17/2018 10:53:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading my poem

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 8, 2014

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