Technology is proof of man’s enslavement to nature – Dietrich Bonhoeffer Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative – H.G. Wells A horse is a vain hope…
Technology is proof of man’s enslavement to nature – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative – H.G. Wells
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. – Psalm 33:17
Aside from his enduring ‘War of the Worlds’, H.G. Wells was known in his time as a savvy technologist and far sighted futurist. His areas of concern ranged from Utopian scientific government, to race purifying Eugenics, to mechanized warfare and even triumph of reason over superstition.
His short story ‘The Land Ironclads’ of 1903 predicted a war similar to The Great War, that would be settled quickly by technologically expert society over the warlike tendencies of horseback mounted warrior types. In ‘The War in the Air’, a Novel that Wells saw published in 1907, the nations fight in Zeppelins to a state of barbarism as the political systems of the entire world collapse into anarchy over a period of 30 years. Was he right? With our availability of hindsight we can examine his predictions and the success of his patterns of thought.