Could Shlomo Hamelech have invented cars II?
A while back I posted Could Shlomo Hamelech have invented cars?, that many in the Charedi world believe that Shlomo Hamelech or Chazal could have invented anything (cars, computers, etc.) if they had wanted to.
Shlomo Hamelech was the wisest man who ever lived and he knew everything the scientists know and he could have created cars, phones, etc., anything that we have from modern technology. Why didn't he do it? He felt that a simple non-technological lifestyle was better.
Yesterday's Yated repeated this claim about the Rambam and the Rashba.
At the time we heard from R' Leib Ratick zt"l (who I think heard it in the name of the Mashgiach from Kletzk R' Yosef Leib Nandick zt"l), that the reason that the greats of our nation, like the Rambam and the Rashba, and the Goan (the Gra)did not invent with their great minds inventions such as trains, planes, or the telegraph, is because they measured these things against the gain that would come from them, these things that allowed a tremendous growth in the ability to kill and destroy, which was expressed in the terrible wars of the 20th century. As opposed to Torah knowledge which can only produce good things free from any potential bad.
Given the opinion expressed above we can better understand the reaction the Charedi attitude towards science and scientists.