TOEFL Essay Topic 37 - Do you agree or disagree that progress is always good? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
It is truly hard for me to agree or disagree with the statement that progress is always good. As many
It is truly hard for me to agree or disagree with the statement that progress is always good. As many things in life progress has also its `black` and `white` sides.
I would not generally agree with those who claim that progress is always good. They would say that progress in medicine has helped people live longer and fought with terrible diseases that have tortured human kind for centuries. Furthermore, these people would also say that technical progress has improved our lives enormously. The use of machinery, automation in industry and new kinds of communication are things that have changed people’s lives tremendously.
However, I would agree with those who believe that the price we pay for our progress is too high. It is a fact that the earth is overpopulated as a result from medical treatment of various diseases and longer life thanks to progress in study of medicine. Consequently, we not only consume much more than we can produce but we also run low on natural resources.
What is more, as a result from our technical progress our air, soil and waters are irreversibly polluted. Besides the fact that we live in a poisonous world, technical progress has brought a new disease called ‘stress’ that is considered a basis of many different health disorders.
Nevertheless, I would not dare to argue with those who think that progress is good. I agree that progress has made human abilities unlimited. But on the other hand it appears that we all are victims of our own progress.
Summing up, I believe that progress is good, unfortunately not always.