Technology vs. Morality
Reflective Writing 1
Introduction to Humanities
May 16, 2015
Technology and morality makeup a large part of today’s modern society. At what point, should technological advances be confined by customary morality? The question seems a little complicated and the scales may be tipped in either direction. To base the advancement of a society around cultural standards may limit the development of a set people or nation. Let us venture to visualize the Amish, uncivilized tribes of the world, and Jehovah’s Witnesses and their belief in sticking to a close set of standards based upon their religious traditions. In contrast, let us view some of the ...view middle of the document...
However, many of these tribes choose to remain disconnected from the rest of the world. In a journal article written by James Penn, “One tribe for example, the Flecherios are a tribe with such a nature that they are known for targeting intruders with poison arrows” (Penn). Upon their arrival into the Brazilian rainforest, these explorers encountered warning signs, traps, and ultimately a close encounter with the Flecherios, which could have proved fatal. Tribes such as the Flecherios live amongst the trees of the rainforest. They depend on the trees and natural environment for their livelihood. There are many tribes who have no knowledge or use for modern technology. Their reasoning is often unknown to the greater population of the world; however, the ideals and cultures of these groups have to be respected. On one hand, societies can help each other advance with new ideals and aide in gaining technologies. However, as with introducing foreign animals to the wilderness of a totally different ecosystem, the intermingling of societies could have grave potential as well.
Generally speaking, there are over eight million Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world. Jehovah’s Witnesses are a prime example of such societies who place morality above technology. So who are Jehovah’s Witnesses? They are a religious offspring of mainstream Christianity. However, unlike most Christian societies, there are some conservative beliefs of this religious group differ from almost all of the rest. One may even see them as being primitive in nature. The belief of dismissing blood transfusions, stem from the Jehovah’s Witness interpretation on the teachings of the Christian Bible. In accordance with interpretations of the Bible from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, “Both the Old and New Testaments clearly command us to abstain from blood. (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:10; Deuteronomy 12:23; Acts 15:28, 29) Also, God views blood as representing life. (Leviticus 17:14) So we avoid taking blood not only in obedience to God but also out of respect for him as the Giver of life” (Watchtower). In their society, religious morality controls or restricts the use of certain technology. This is a way of life for them, but they have more recently become open to alternatives such as blood conservation. Just to be brief, the act of blood conservation is nothing more than paying ahead your own blood, so that you may have it back later when it is needed. For instance, a person who has a prescheduled surgery may request to begin giving blood in the months before the surgery. As a result, the blood that is already being held in storage is there to replace potential blood lost by the patient. Religion seems to be the main charge behind how certain cultures view technological advances.
Now let us take a look at electrochemist Michael Faraday, the man of which even the farad is named after. He believed in pushing the envelope and not...