Daily Archives: February 1, 2008

HG Wells overdose

I’m reading both War of the Worlds and The Island of Dr. Moreau at the same time, and I’ve pretty much neglected The Liar’s Club because I think I lost my book.

Its interesting reading two HG Wells books at the same time. They are so different from each other, but so similar too. HG Wells was such a revolutionary thinker in the sci-fi world, like Phillip K. Dick. The Island of Dr. Moreau was written as commentary on Darwin’s theory of evolution, but read in the context of today’s world and scientific advancement, it could be seen as commentary on cloning and humans messing around with nature instead of just letting things be as they are.

In both books, there is unanswered question of humanity. What is humanity? What is morality? Do the two have anything to do with each other? In War of the Worlds, Wells wrote “What good is religion if it collapses under calamity?” This line made me stop and think. So many times, God is present when life is going well, but when things get shakey, then thoughts shift to “God deserted us”. If being human is about survival, then faith and morality are necessary for survival, but is having blind hope better than blind faith?