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Honorable mention — High school essay contest: Neha Kumar

Vol. 38 No. 07 September 2021
Neha Kumar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Why we should have ‘faith’ in science

By Neha Kumar  

The majority of societies across the planet depend on the unproven theories of supernatural, all-knowing beings in order to curate their opinions, decisions and moral values. Perhaps this mindset provided guidance in ancient times, but in this day and age, we have the resources and knowledge to abandon this controlling aspect of humanity and invest our consciousness into something that will truly benefit humankind: Science.

Despite the fact that science spans far beyond the health sector, the considerable feats in health science are worth our concentration. Whether it be the discovery of fungi like penicillin, the development of lifesaving vaccinations, or the first successful organ transplant, science has ameliorated the world’s suffering and continues to do so every day. Since its discovery, penicillin has been estimated to have saved 200 million human lives. The same cannot be said about Jesus Christ. If it could, why build hospitals? Why educate doctors? Why continue research in medicine? If human life was in the hands of a god, it would not be necessary for the world to race to develop a vaccine for Covid-19 as tens of thousands of lives are lost daily.

The value of human life is something divinity takes for granted. The principle of “heaven and hell” suggests the life humans live is merely a test that determines the eternal afterlife. Teachings like this are toxic to the future of society. Science recognizes that every life holds significant value, we are not a pawn of any higher being, we are our own beings, which prompts us to have the motivation to improve upon ourselves, and the curiosity to better the world.

Religion causes individuals to hold on to the past. Doing so does not benefit the world; in fact, it harms it. Devoting mental capacity to dated theories that no longer apply to the world we have created for ourselves only prevents innovation. In order to create

a better tomorrow in all aspects, society needs to have a forward-looking mindset, which means trusting in the science that allows people to live longer, congenial lives.

Neha, 18, of Dover, Del., attends New York University. “I am a retired competitive gymnast of nine years and worked at my local gymnastics facility, teaching toddlers the basics of gymnastics,” Neha writes. “I was part of my school’s varsity tennis team, was president of the DECA chapter, as well as an active member of the Business Professionals of America (BPA), in which I won numerous state titles.”