The Consequences of Your Actions

Nobel invents dynamite for mining and construction.

Greek dunamis. Power. The most destructive technology

of the age. A weapon of war.

Later, he establishes the Nobel Prizes. Peace

is one. Literature. Scientists playing at God.

 


Alfred Nobel wrote novels, poetry, drama, and letters in five languages. He had a broad humanist outlook but for some reason could or would not see the worst uses of his product, even as his company sold weapons—to Italy for example, an act for which his adopted nation of France deemed him a traitor in 1891. Like many a gilded age industrialist, Nobel turned away from the suffering he caused, endowing the arts and sciences after death to ease his conscience in life, many think, but not to truly ameliorate the damage done.       source

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