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I am named after something organic,

And yet I am not alive.

I'm always being controlled,

And yet I hold all of the power.

My only job is to create,

and yet my only job is to destroy.

I am used to help the world,

And yet I need to hurt it.

What am I?

Explain every line of the riddle in your answer in order for it to be counted correct.

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You are a

Power Plant


I am named after something organic,

A "plant", as in a shrub or tree

And yet I am not alive.

The machinery in a power plant is not considered alive except maybe in a philosophical sense.

I'm always being controlled,

You need to control a power plant to keep it functioning efficiently

And yet I hold all of the power.

Provides power to the community

My only job is to create,

Generates electricity

and yet my only job is to destroy.

Burns fuel to do so

I am used to help the world,

Electricity is the foundation of modern technology

And yet I need to hurt it.

But burning fuel hurts the environment

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I believe you are:

the sun

I am named after something organic

According to Google the word "sun" comes from "son", as in a male child. "Old English sunne, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zon and German Sonne, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek hēlios and Latin sol"

And yet I am not alive.

The sun is not alive.

I'm always being controlled,

We're controlling it by using it for heat, light, and the generation of electricity.

And yet I hold all of the power.

The sun is the original source of energy for the earth. Even fossil fuels were originally living things that were powered by the sun.

My only job is to create,

Creates light and life on earth. Alternatively, creates new elements inside itself through fusion.

and yet my only job is to destroy.

Burns constantly (both fission and fusion) until it will eventually burn out. Sunlight (UV radiation) is also extremely destructive.

I am used to help the world,

We can't live without it.

And yet I need to hurt it.

This one is tough, but I think the fact that sunlight is extremely damaging satisfies this clue. The sun doesn't have a physical need to cause damage, but one of the clues says that it's not alive, and no non-living thing has needs like a living thing would.

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Here is an answer that also appears to fit

VACCINE

Because: Origin

The origin of the word Vaccine is Latin word for Cow and related to Cowpox Virus which is Organic molecules.

Not alive

Most vaccines are dead viruses

Controlled

Vaccines are well regulated and distribution controlled

I hold all the power

Vaccines hold power to stop the disease

My job is to create

Create antibodies

My job is to destroy

Destroy disease viruses

I am used to help the world: Obviously!

Yet I need to hurt it

That darn needle hurts man!

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I am named after something organic,

You are CARBON.

And yet I am not alive.

CARBON is not alive

I'm always being controlled,

CARBON in compounds is controlled by bonds.

And yet I hold all of the power.

CARBON is the basis of all organic molecules.

My only job is to create,

CARBON creates life.

and yet my only job is to destroy.

Many CARBON compounds burn or pollute.

I am used to help the world,

CARBON certainly helps the world, eg. as food and fuel.

And yet I need to hurt it.

CARBON creates pollution, which hurts people and the world.

What am I?

CARBON

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello @Vassilis Parassidis. I suggest you put your answers and explanations in Spoilers. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Feb 16 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ @DrD I've tried ›! before my answers and nothing gets hidden. If you can tell me how to use spoilers, I would appreciate it. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Feb 17 at 4:25
  • $\begingroup$ I did it and it seems to work. Not sure why it did not work for you. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Feb 17 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I hope it will work for me next time. $\endgroup$ Feb 18 at 2:21

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