Does Progress Usually Lead to Drawbacks or Problems? Essay

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Does progress usually lead to drawbacks or problems? Humans make progress all the time. Usually, though, these improvements lead to drawbacks, because almost everything has problems, including progress, Medicines, considered to be one of man’s greatest achievement, almost always have side effects, and finally, no matter how far one advances, there is always something more that can be advanced later, which shows that there was some problem with the previous advancement. Nothing is 100 percent perfect. There is always some kind of flaw or side effect that comes with the benefit. For example, take the discovery of fossil fuels such as coal. A benefit that it gave was that it spurred on the industrial revolution which made many of the things that we now use today but its discovery also sped up the pollution of the atmosphere and the destruction of the ozone layer. The discovery of coal as a fossil fuel may have advanced human’s lives, but it had a drawback on the environment. Another such example is medicine. Antibiotics, which at the time of its invention was hailed as the savior of mankind, is now causing diseases to mutate and develop antibiotic resistance, which means that modern antibiotics can no longer kill or stop the diseases. Also, almost all medication has some sort of side effect like those television commercials that have the really fast talker at the very end listing the side effects. These two examples show how progress has drawbacks. Last of all, no matter how far one progress, they can still progress further. This shows that the earlier progress had some kind of flaw or unintended side effect. This is shown frequently by cars. Each new model is an improvement on the last, or it is thought to be. Sometimes, the improvement may have made the new model worse than the original car. Then, the companies try to make a better car to beat its competitors.

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