"To love is to give something good ..."
Every living organism has had the opportunity to be aware, understanding consciousness as the ability to bring something to the present (Figueroa, 2012), of the existence of problems, difficulties, situations and things that are unpleasant or that affect it. Some or similar problems are ephemeral and others more lasting, some internal and also external, some personal and others collective; there is also little and great impact, in short. Those that are most severe are chronic hunger, poverty, global pollution, corruption, wars, HIV / AIDS and other pandemics, among other evils. I dealt with this problem in the book by Das Bien (Figueroa, 2010) with a short manifesto:
All the men of the earth met to solve their wars, their world economic crises, their epidemics, their global warming, their poverty and other problems.
They started with trying to solve the wars, and everyone started arguing security and defense measures before others and before themselves.
One person took the floor and said: “If people eliminate that feeling of hatred, damage, aggression, conquest, threat, and other negative influences and evil towards people and towards ourselves, we would not talk about wars; there would be no need to resolve about them."
“It's true!” added another man. "You have to educate them and ..."
(people began to murmur affirmatively).
Then, the previous person interrupted: “… each one must carry and heal the evil of him within himself. And do the part of it, to save the world and to save ourselves from ourselves. " (35)
Now, I intend to expand and describe the proposal a little more. Ecstasy was discovered by Anton Kollisc, LSD discovered by Albert Hofmann, and both scientists were looking for cures or medications for diseases, but their inventions were and are currently used as recreational substances or drugs. Frederick Roberts created refugee camps for civilians who had been displaced by the war; years later Lord Kitchener used them as Nazi concentration camps. Pedro Paulet and Werner von Braun created rockets to prolong human life outside the earth, but the Nazis and other armies used them as missiles to destroy targets and kill people. The dynamite created by Alfred Nobel had the purpose of replacing nitroglycerin for the unstable, difficult and dangerous in its use in the exploitation of oil fields and the industry, and later the war industry made it its own. Dr. Gerhard Schrader when researching a new generation of insecticides to help humanity fight poverty and hunger discovered Tabun and Sarin Gas, which is used as chemical weapons by armies. Arthur Galston invented Agent Orange to increase the growth rate of soybeans, and thanks to this today farmers can plant soybeans even in short seasons. Likewise, with this he invented armies that generate death and deformation in thousands of people. Fred Cohen invented the first computer virus to measure the security of his computer; now it is used by some hackers and criminals to steal information and money. It is also presumed that Nikola Tesla's inventions are used for purposes not intended by his creator; in history there are many examples and cases like that. There are also people who used a scalpel, a pencil, medicine, gasoline, a bicycle, a door among other things to injure or kill; there are people who used radio, television, the written press to misinform, deceive or brutalize people.
There are also other inventions that meet the objective of their creators such as the Gatling Gunner which was created by Richard Jordan Gatling to allow few soldiers to replace a battalion on the battlefield; the AK-47 rifle that Kalashnikov designed to address the severe shortage of weapons that the Red Army was experiencing is famous for its high reliability even under adverse environmental conditions; the atomic bomb through the Manhattan Project was created by a group of scientists Enrico Fermi, Ernest Lawrence, Robert Oppenheimer and Niels Böhr with the aim of solving the Third World War; and Leon Eisenberg who discovered the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder declared years before he died that this is an invented disease.
Thus, there are inventions created to do damage, harm or evil, because that was the motivation of their inventor and often the motivation of those who use these inventions; likewise, there are inventions that despite having been created to do good, benefit the people or improve human conditions; these are used by people to harm, harm and harm.
I think the message is clear: there are creations to do good or bad (the object disposes), but what they generate or trigger depends on who uses it (the subject defines). A knife is not a murder weapon by creation; it can be by use, depending on who owns the object, their intentions, motivations, values, personal ethics. The same happens with other types of activities such as public service (mayors, ministers, authorities, public officials), changing people, salary, job names. Even increasing laws or toughening punishments will not eliminate corruption and the delinquency of these public servants if internally they do not develop and practice good values, an ethic that leads to good, and we promote love as (giving something good to the other and good according to the other person who receives the action of love). We must know ourselves as organisms, our peers, our environment and understand what we are, where we come from and where we are going; try to build ourselves, develop our being and pursue the good, manage a personal ethics based on good principles and act in the world by positively influencing it.
FIGUEROA, Andy. You are good. Lima Peru. Editorial Fund of the National University of San Marcos, 2010.
FIGUEROA, Andy. The conscience and happiness in the workers of an agrarian company. Peru, 2019. Editorial Dasbien Technologies
FIGUEROA, Andy. The good. Peru, 2020. Editorial Dasbien Technologies
Facilitator of the course "Practical Ethics" and "Love is also learned".
Professor at the American Pontifical Catholic University.