Topic No. 37

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37. Do you agree or disagree that progress is always good? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Version 1:

Frankly, I can hardly agree that progress is always good, although we human beings are pursuing progress in nearly every domain all the time. Whether or not progress is good depends on whether or not it exerts positive effect on humankind. It is indisputable that in all ages we have never benefited from every progress.

Let me give an illustration of weapons first. What the progress of weapon has brought to mankind is the increasingly serious sense of insecurity. In the old days, one soldier with a sword or a falchion could kill only one nearest enemy once. However, as we know that currently some countries’ armies own long-range missiles of destructive power, by which even the solidest targets can be at long bowls destroyed. Ironically, the only habitat we are provided, earth, can be wholly devastated for many times easily by what are called nuclear and biochemical weapons, which are manufactured by ourselves.

Take for another example, economic development, the progress which makes us suffer some crises from time to time while helps many people rise up from poverty. With the remarkable development of economy in China we are confronted with a variety of intractable environmental problems, an outstanding one of which is the deterioration of the water quality in Yangtze River. Health of millions of people living along its banks, whose drinking water comes from the river, has been severely threatened by its contaminated water. Likewise the excessively widening income gap between rural and urban areas is, to a great extend, the cost that we have to pay for such progress.

Even though I have given two persuasive evidences above to show the negative aspects of progress, I do not mean that progress is never good. Admittedly, progress generally makes people live better lives. For instance, the progress in medical treatment usually enables us to be the winners in the battles against life-threatening illness like tuberculosis, which used to be one of the most horrible killers.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that to say progress is always good is improper, for it sometimes influences our lives by running counter to our expectation. In fact, how it impacts upon us varies from situation to situation.

Combining others’ suggestions with mine, I got Version 2.

Version 2:

When it comes to progress, people always subconsciously associate it with something desirable. Actually human beings are pursuing progress in nearly every domain all along. But is progress really always good? My answer is negative. In my view of point, whether or not progress is good depends on whether or not it exerts positive effect on humankind. It is indisputable that in all ages we have never benefited from every progress.

Let me give an illustration of weapons first. What the progress of weapon has brought to mankind is the increasingly serious sense of insecurity. In the old days, one soldier with a sword or a falchion could kill only one nearest enemy once. However, as we know that currently some countries’ armies own long-range missiles of destructive power, by which even the solidest targets can be at long bowls destroyed. Ironically, the only habitat we are provided, earth, can be wholly devastated for many times easily by what are called nuclear and biochemical weapons, which are manufactured by ourselves.

Take for another example, economic development, the progress which makes us suffer some crises from time to time while helps many people rise up from poverty. With the remarkable development of economy in China we are confronted with a variety of intractable environmental problems, an outstanding one of which is the deterioration of the water quality in Yangtze River. Health of millions of people living along its banks, whose drinking water comes from the river, has been severely threatened by its contaminated water. My hometown Yangzhong, is only a small island in the lower reaches of Yangtze, but she unbelievably has the highest incidence of esophagus cancer in the world according to a survey from WHO. Likewise the excessively widening income gap between the rich and the poor is, to a great extend, the cost that we have to pay for such progress.

Additionally, despite that progress of computer technology has changed people’s lives dramatically in recent decades, the negative aspects of computer use, especially network, are arousing nationwide concern. For instance, we these years often hear of a new parlance, identity theft, something most of us had never imaged before the Net came into our lives. Now everyone, not just the wealthy, has to be careful that we don’t let some crooks get hold of our PIN numbers or credit card information. Moreover, many people like downloading music and printing out articles from the Net. But what about a thought for those who create this stuff and get stiffed for the royalties they should be able to make from their hard work?

In conclusion, I strongly deny that progress is always good, for it sometimes influences our lives by running counter to our expectation.

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Please come over whenever it is convenient for you. And I looking forward to your constructive advise. Your objective comment is greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking time to read my article!