H.G. Wells published The Time Machine in 1895. This is an interesting view of what our future could potentially look like in thousands of years. What’s even more amazing is that this man wrote this over a hundred years ago, before humans had invented most modern technologies.
Here’s what I learned about life from reading this short novella:
1 – Technology could be our downfall as a race.
Even before iPhones and Siri, H.G. Wells knew that technology had the potential to make us generally lazy as a race. Now in 2020, it’s easy to see the perspective. If we let technology do everything for us, we won’t have any need to lift a finger. We’ll grow weak and lose creativity and intelligence.
“Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.”Chapter 4
2 – Fighting for life and prosperity is what keeps us going.
If everything’s made easy, what are our reasons to fight and pursue greater good? This brings up a good question – is it better to have an easy life and grow frail, or to have a tough path that strengthens the mind and body?
“Hardships and freedom: conditions under which the active, strong, and subtle survive and the waker go to the wall; conditions that put a premium upon the loyal alliance of capable men, upon self-restraint, patience, and decision.”Chapter 4
“For after the battle comes Quiet Humanity.”Chapter 4
3 – Who decides what is impossible?
We have physics and other sciences that attempt to explain the universe, but most things are theoretical. Who gets the power to decide what is possible and what’s not in the reach of the human mind?
Don’t give up. Ignore those who say anything is impossible.
“‘Why not?’ said the Time Traveller.
‘It’s against reason,’ said Filby.
‘What reason?’ said the Time Traveller.”Chapter 1
4 – We are constantly time traveling.
“We are always getting away from the present moment. Our mental existences, which are immaterial and have no dimensions, are passing along the Time-Dimension with a uniform velocity from the cradle to the grave.”Chapter 1
We think about the future and the past far more than we consider the present moment. The abstract idea of our consciousness spends its time mostly in the past or future. So if you think about it, we really time travel all the time.
The Time Machine is a great read and it definitely gets the mind wondering about life. Something written in the 19th century taught me that technology could be our downfall, a hard life keeps us sharp, anything is possible, and our minds truly time travel constantly.
On a less serious note, I learned that if you travel to a year in the 8,000’s, don’t leave your time machine unguarded. Ravenous cannibals will probably steal it.
Thanks for reading this. Have a great day, be nice, and try to learn something.