In the 1960 science fiction film classic, The Time Machine, based on H.G. Wells' 1895 novel similarly titled, the hero (played by Rod Taylor; photo, right) travels in a time machine to a distant future, which, at first sight, seems to be a utopia. But first appearances are deceiving, and soon a disconcerting reality becomes evident. The hero observes that the inhabitants of the distant future, the Elois, are effeminate and shallow beings who neither work nor read books. They live an apathetic existence with no concerns, except for shallow self-indulgence. Food and leisure are provided for miraculously. During the day, the Elois, oblivious of their existence, pass the time in carefree activities, but at dusk, a siren blares, and the Elois are herded like sheep to the slaughterhouse, where they are cannibalized by the predatory Morlocks, the other degenerate, surviving human race.
Returning to the 21st century, we find our nation assailed by economic and security problems. The United States continues to travel down the road of dependent welfarism and insidious political correctness. The political establishment remains preoccupied with inane "zero tolerance" in schools, so that children who take toy guns or express Christian beliefs are reprimanded or suspended from schools. The Boy Scouts of America (photo, left), that taught patriotism, fidelity, honesty, courage, courtesy, and other civil virtues, as well as survival skills in the wilderness, are hounded out of existence because the traditional organization opposes gay counselors. The epitome of absurdity has been reached, when, in the face of a determined and barbarous enemy, who brutally kidnaps and beheads journalists, soldiers, as well as the completely innocent abroad (and recently it seems at home), we remain mired in utter vacuity with the mainstream media spending inordinate time on gay marriages, ”lifestyles,” and the misadventures of celebrities.
More Americans are being brought up in single parenthood, in illiteracy, on food stamps, remaining helpless and dependent on the government for every need — from housing to cell phones. The level of dependence has reached a point some Americans consider themselves prisoners in their own homes, fearful of, and victimized, by thugs and hogs — yes wild hogs roaming their neighborhoods! A recent documentary in the Discovery Channel is quite disturbing, not so much for the damage caused by the feral hogs, as for showing the dramatic sense of helplessness expressed by the victimized Americans!
So dependent and helpless some Americans have become they are afraid to venture outside their own homes at night — for fear of hog attacks! And this is at a time when the price of beef and pork has gone through the roof! Go figure! Have guns become so demonized and hunting so politically incorrect that Americans are afraid to even protect their own private property, while at the same time utilizing a natural resource and procuring another source of meat for their family? Where has the rugged individualism of Americans gone? To Russia?
If so, it may explain why Russia elected and re-elected Vladimir Putin, a self-defense and nature enthusiast, who mounts and ride horses in the country, and hunts wild animals in the taiga of Siberia. We in the U.S. elected and re-elected Barack Obama, who vacations and plays golf, and more golf, at Martha's Vineyard!
Written by Dr. Miguel Faria
Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is Associate Editor in Chief and World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International. He is a former Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Adjunct Professor of Medical History. Dr. Faria is the author of Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). He has written numerous articles on the blessings of liberty and the venalities of totalitarianism, collectivism, and communism — all posted at his website: www.haciendapub.com & www.drmiguelfaria.com
Copyright ©2014 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
A longer version of this commentary was also published in GOPUSA.com on October 1, 2014 under the title “A Nation of Elois?” The illustrations seen here were provided for the pleasure of our readers at HaciendaPublishing.com.