Can destruction leads to creation?
During my junior year Chemistry class, I was one of the curious few in my class who wanted to experiment on nitroglycerine. With absolute horror in his face, our instructor swept aside the idea with his forefinger wagging, warning us severely: never ever try.
Perhaps, my love for experimentation originated from that explosive thought. 😀
Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist who invented dynamite, could have stopped his experiments had he realized how destructive his invention could be. Thinking more positive (I am guessing here), he probably believed that people would use his product more to the benefit of mankind.
As example, large networks of railroad tracks crisscrossed in Europe and America. Infrastructure projects that would have taken decades to complete with manual labor, benefited much from dynamite blasting. Tunneling became easier; removing huge obstacles like giant boulders and hard earth materials.
The mining industry could have not dug up ore quicker using old-style manual methods. We could not be enjoying now our modern gadgets and appliances if raw element materials underground took too long to be uncovered and refined. Major developments in technology could have been too slow.
Just imagine if any type of explosives was never invented, what would have Earth looked like now?