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Is there knowledge we should not seek? Or is all knowledge a good thing? Should we be careful with the knowledge we acquire?

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Is there knowledge we should not seek? Or is all knowledge a good thing? Should we be careful with the knowledge we acquire? Knowledge is the driving force of our society, it is the reason we as humans develop in an environment around us. We all strive for answers about everything and nothing, from how the earth was created to how to clean. It is only natural for us to develop a sense of wanting to acquire knowledge and for us as humans to search for answers to all our unanswered questions through science or other means for justifications to our assumptions. This is when the important questions of "Is there knowledge we should not seek?", "Is all knowledge a good thing?" or "Should we be careful with the knowledge we acquire?". These questions are obviously not as easy they seem to answer. Throughout this essay I will be discussing these questions from different views. ...read more.


With Moral issues it could be argued that abortion is the right thing to do if the parent does not want the child, rather than it growing up in an environment not being loved and cared for properly. Whereas ethical issues could be completely different and could argue that abortion is not the natural way, there is an innocent life being taken away for nothing, if the child was not meant to be born it wouldn't have been. Abortions have been partially banned if not completely in certain countries by governments to try and satisfy the people. Governments have taken into consideration the moral and ethical issues of this and have come to a conclusion, but who is to say they are right? How do they justify if something is right or wrong? This is also under huge debate and is causing problems and riots over human rights because the government can abuse their power because they are "full of knowledge" in the areas of decision making on these new topics. ...read more.


At the moment I do not think this really matters due to the fact that humans will never stop trying to satisfy their curiosity by finding answers to the things they do not understand. So in the long run I think we need to consider the consequences of the knowledge we are trying to acquire before we conduct methods to find it, and we must also think about the ramifications that knowledge could have on the world as a whole. From this I think that there is a strong border line that we should not cross when seeking knowledge, this border line in my eyes would be when human life is put at risk or disposed of. I think that wasting human life is unjustifiable no matter what the reason for it is. But again this is only my opinion which would be very different to a scientist researching on humans who justifies its cause and that is why it is so hard to come to concrete conclusions about knowledge! ...read more.

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