“People certainly blame science for nuclear weapons and similar horrors. It’s been said before but needs to be said again: if you want to do evil, science provides the most powerful weapons to do evil; but equally, if you want to do good, science puts into your hands the most powerful tools to do so. The trick is to want the right things; then science will provide you with the most effective methods of achieving them.”
—Evolutionionary biologist and Pope* of the New World Church of God is Probably Fake, Richard Dawkins
He’s right that wanting to do right–not technological capability–is the issue of what separates good actions from evil ones. And it goes without saying, that a want to do right instead of what is selfish simply isn’t present in the human heart until said human heart has been touched by the God whom Dawkins calls a “delusion,” to his own demise.
*That title is sarcasm on my part, since the atheists who trouble themselves to write me lengthy hate mail tend to view Dawkins with unquestioning blind faith as their spiritual leader, and since Dawkins’ latest crusade is an ad campaign exhorting people with “There’s probably no god, so stop worrying…”