Destined for laziness
In reading the Time Machine by H.G. Wells I fear for the decedents of man in Wells’ future and even our own. In the book man has devolved into to separate but similar species. First we meet the Elio the peaceful surface dwellers. These people seem to be both physically and cognitively stunted, this is due to the thousands of years of having everything they needed provided to them. At the time in the book they lived simply off the land and had the most basic language for communication between members of the “society”, “society” may even be to strong of an assumption it seems more as if they simply exist in the same area. When Weena falls in the river none of the others even attempt to rescue her.
The second group of people we meet are the Morloks. These are the decedents of the working class. For thousands of years they were forced to work underground running the machines and systems for the upper-class surface dwellers, after this amount of time they had devolved into nocturnal creatures adapted for the dark.
The way the two different species of man had devolved based on the lifestyle they lived is rather alarming to me. In todays world with everyone having a smartphone and access to the internet it is taking away from the need for people to actually think. I believe that as a species we need to strive to overcome obstacles to improve, when everything is provided for you people tend to become lazy. There are those who would still study or build new inventions if we lived in a world where the pursuit of money wasn’t a determining factor on a persons life. I just feel that as technology improves and makes things easier those who just take advantage of the benefits without trying to understand how or why something works are only hurting themselves in the long run.
1. Time Machine H.G. Wells