Friday, September 23, 2016

H. G. Wells "The time machine"

Honestly, I am very indifferent to the sci-fi genre. I am more a fantasy guy. It wasn't very interesting for me to read Jules Verne in my childhood, however, everyone talked about it as something fascinating and exciting. But I've never read Herbert Wells before and I heard a lot about the deepness of his sci-fi novels so I thought that it is worth to try and give the second chance to the sci-fi for me.

I cannot say that "The time machine" is a sci-fi story. It is more about a flight of thought and ideas of the author about our future. I guess almost everyone discussed possible variants of our future with his friends or just in his mind. When we talk about the future we always think about robots, space traveling, and aliens.  We always think that our species will be quite the same. Maybe because we don't mind to think in a very long term. However, once I and my friend had a very interesting discussion about the very far future where our progress will lead us to the world of laziness and satisfaction. We thought that there will be no bodies only brains with wires and pipes connected to it and providing the nutritious and the dopamine. Everything to support the life will be done by robots and machines and even fixing the broken machines and factoring new machines will be done by machines too.

It is interesting that I and my friend thought in one key with Herbert Wells. The difference between our views is caused by our current time. We thought about the degradation of the humans by scientific causes and Wells thought about the degradation of the humans by class-difference causes. He thought that the rich class will live so happy that become a stupid defenseless and small creatures, who love everything about it. However working class, exiled to the underground, will become the underground beasts who will need to hunt on the surface to survive. It is quite an interesting idea that all the progress leads the humanity to degradation because all the progress directed to make the people happier. However, our happiness strongly depends on our animal instincts, like be not hungry, don't waste an energy of the body and have enough dopamine in the brain. We are doing great things to fulfill our primitive needs.

Wells also raises the problem of class differentiation. He shows that by offending a working class, by exiling it underground and exploiting it as a free working power the rich people created the beasts who hunting them in the night. Wells raises an idea that creatures who need to survive will become more powerful than always-happy creatures, and will keep them in permanent awe. So we need to be more pleasant to each other and provide equal rights to everyone.

However, the robots in my future don't have their own mind, so it is quite safe to use them as a working power, while our brains will enjoy the fountains of dopamine.

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