In this scientific age, is the world still a place of wonder?
In our childhood, how many of us were fascinated and enthralled by clouds and where they came from/ in today’s age of science and technology, such a phenomenon no longer seems all that fascinating and wonderful. After all, a cloud is merely water vapour condensed and suspended. However, the world we call hoe can still be the place of wonder it once was in this scientific age.
The main reason for this apparent “loss of wonder” in today’s world is the vast knowledge and understanding nature. Many believe that the wonder with which we once held the world stems from a certain ignorance. As a result of man’s newly acquired knowledge, this ignorance disappears and the wonder it once brought is replaced with cold, clinical understanding. This loss of worldly wonder is worsened by the rise of information technology and the media. Today, more than ever, people all around the world are “freed” from the ills of ignorance, all the while losing their sense of amazement over the world.
Contrary to popular belief, the feeling of wonder does not always stem from ignorance, but, more than often than not, an appreciation of beauty. Thus, despite the growth of our collective knowledge, the world is still a place of wonder. In fact, it is the very works of nature that still appeal to us in a magical and mysterious way. This is easily seen in the rise of eco-tourism today. People today are going back to the nature which science has attempted to explain, drawn by the wonder and amazement of their natural surroundings.
Also, science and technology has opened up new and amazing realms that continue to puzzle and fascinate us. The most obvious modern frontier is space. Man today continues to gaze upon the heavens with a sense of humility and wonder as he has been for millennia. The significant difference has enabled us to see and reach out and discover new and often fascinating phenomenon in the cosmos. New discoveries such as a black hole and nebulae are the wonders and awes of the scientific age.
However, within this new source of discovery lies the hidden danger of global apathy. When new wonder appear a dozen a day, there is a tendency for us to grow bored and tired f such things. Our new found science is genetics is a good example of this. Despite the continuous train of new discovery, the enthusiasm and excitement of genetics had died down somewhat, and with it, the wonder of the human genome. In fact, society today often fails to acknowledge the host of wonders this world has to offer, mainly due to a sort of ‘jaded expectation’. This, coupled with the rather subjective nature of wonder, leads to a rather monotonous and sterile world.
In today’s world of scientific and technological advancement, the wonders of this world seem to fade and even disappear. However, it is not the world that has lost its wonder, but man who has lost his ability to wonder, as can be seen from society’s apparent reluctance to acknowledge the sights and wonders of his terrestrial sphere. In thus scientific age, the world is still a place of wonder. We are simply not wondering enough.