Laziness Leads to Devolution
The Time Machine brings up a very interesting question: what happens if technology can do absolutely everything for us, and humans no longer have to do any of the work? We become lazy and devolved (into two separate species depending on your line of work before the great technological advances), at least according to Wells, and I think he’s right. After all, how many of us know how to code? Yet we use various websites every day. Again, not many of us do math by hand when it’s a lot easier to grab a calculator, and I don’t know about you, but I’m slowly forgetting how to do long handed math to find the answers because of it. Technology may be convenient, and even great in some ways, but in other ways, it makes us inherently lazy and less motivated to do things for ourselves. As a consequence, people forget things, and learn less because they can easily just be googled, or things of the past become obsolete-like language and culture. Because of this, the lessons that made us better humans are forgotten. No one still reads Plato, Shakespeare, or Locke. They no longer care about great Greek literature or the Rights of Man. They just care about the basic needs: food, sex, and sleep. What else would they need in a world without crime, disease, or social issues? Even though this novel is Science Fiction, therefore extremely far fetched, I think that it brings up some valid issues about technology, especially in how lazy it has made us, and will continue to do so. This is an issue that I think is even more prevalent in today’s society that Wells would have thought when he first wrote The Time Machine. Even though technological advancement may not lead to loss of humanity completely, and we may not lose language as a whole, it would not be unfathomable to think one day there could be a universal language while we all sit behind computers/various other technology that we have no idea how they work to talk to one another.