I just finished reading, “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells. The story is about a group of Martians that are tired of living underground, because their planet is currently inhospitable. The Martians travel to Earth and attempt to take control of our planet. They destroy buildings, transportation hubs, and even the military is decimated.
While I was reading the book, there were two sections that really got me thinking and stuck with me.
At one point, the main character was describing a man. He was a man of means, wearing a tailored suit, and he had a gold watch chain. He was also a man of power and used to being respected by other people.
Unfortunately, the man was caught by the Martians and used for food. That made me think about how people tend to strive for money and power. They will spend their entire lives trying to achieve more wealth; however, there are times when money and power will not save you. Nobody is immune to tragedy.
Toward the end of the book, the Martians were dying and the main character was thinking about the animals on Earth. He said, “Surely, if we have learnt nothing else, this war has taught us pity – pity for those witless souls that suffer our dominion.”
I think this is a lesson that would benefit humanity, to have pity or empathy for the animals that we dominate. They may not have the same abilities as humans in reagards to higher thinking skills, but they do have emotions, they do feel grief, pain, and sorrow. They should be treated with respect and dignity.
All in all, I enjoyed reading the book and was surprised by how humans eventually won the war. If you want to know what saved humanity from the Martians, read the book. It will be worth your time.