The Way The Learning Of Science Aids In The Structure Of Society

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C.W Lewis, a novelist, once said that, "Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." . Edmund Burke once said that,” Society is indeed a contract. ... It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection.” .These two quotes outline what I have learned about individuals and society through the study of science and literature. Through studying different sciences, from biology to physics to chemistry, I have found that science is governed by theories and laws and work with limited theoretical possibilities. However, from literature I have found that it helps us understand what we know by clarification. In this essay I will present my knowledge issue by connecting the way the learning of science aids in the structure of society and how literature helps develop the individual.
Upon reading the novel “Major Barbara” by Bernard Shaw I came by this quote “Well you see, my dear boy, when you are organizing civilization you have to make up your mind whether trouble and anxiety are good things or not” . Major Barbra was an idealist who worked in the salvation army; she believed that everyone can be saved by religion and that by praying she could solve world problems like hunger. However her father Mr. Undershaft, who owned an arms manufacturing factory, believes that “there are two things necessary to salvation … money and gunpowder”. In consideration of this book, I came across this issue “is it better to have dreams that are not going to be fulfilled or to be extremely realistic that it takes away your hope”. After further reading I have found that, every individual has an inner Major Barbra and Mr. Undershaft. Although Shaw introduced these characters as complete opposites it is not likely that you are either one, every individual has an idealistic side to them where they blindly follow their dreams, like Barbra did when she believed that by her joining the salvation army she can turn people into good people, when in fact we find that the people who go their lie and cheat and steal. However we do also have a Mr. Undershaft inside us, because as individuals we have to stay realistic in order to survive, Mr. Undershaft does not care much for the world around him he only focuses on himself, and we as humans are known to be selfish at times because we have to do it to survive. Shaw wanted people to figure out how much of these two characters do we have in ourselves. This piece of art was used as a communication device to help the readers understand why certain individuals act as they do. And to some extent this book in particular has helped me personally in identifying the reasons as to which people act the way they do. Upon looking at the first quote, we can see that Shaw stated that when an individual has a lot of...

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