Published in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau is a creepy look into a world of genetically modified creatures. A man stranded after a shipwreck is rescued by a ship headed for a secretive island. Once on the island he quickly figures out the identity of his host and the sickening experiments going on in the ‘House of Pain.’
There’s much to learn about life from a book that speaks of…altering life:
1 – Don’t mess around with nature.
There’s probably a reason swine and hyena’s aren’t able to mate naturally in the wild. Nature should just be taken for the beautiful mystery it is instead of trying to alter and modify the creatures of the earth. Cruelty and a complete disregard for living things come into play during this book and it’s not something anyone should attempt.
“These creatures I had seen were the victims of some hideous experiment.”Chapter 11
2 – Hope makes us human.
What separates the other creatures of the animal kingdom from humans? Here is an insightful quote from Chapter 22:
“…whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. I hope, or I could not live.”Chapter 22
Hope gives humans something to hold onto during suffering. It separates us from other creatures of the earth and it’s a gift. Finding hope is the way to survive when everything appears to be falling apart.
3 – Your cruelty will come back to haunt (or eat) you.
If you cause tortuous pain to another creature, you better be prepared for the day that creature gets a chance to pay you back for the pain you’ve caused. This doesn’t just literally refer to physical torture – it also applies to mental abuse.
There’s absolutely no reason for cruelty. One day those who have been terrible to others will have to pay for their monstrous behavior. No one is above the law. No one is above nature.
Thanks for reading. The Island of Doctor Moreau is a dark story, but I’m glad to have learned three things – hope makes us human, don’t mess with nature, and cruelty will not go unpunished.
On a skeptical note, I learned that sketchy activities might be happening on private islands. I wouldn’t know, because I can’t afford a private island.
Have a great afternoon and I hope you never end up on an island full of genetically modified crossbreeds.
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