(From George Pal’s The Time Machine, 1960)
Watch what happens when the Time Traveler from 1900 tries to question the dull, almost brainless Eloi of almost a million years into the future. In real life, of course, thanks to public education and nearly universal collidge, we’re getting there a lot faster than H.G. Wells ever dreamed. Many of our people have already attained Eloi-hood.
Knowledge gets lost, even when it’s written down. If no effort is made to preserve it, knowledge evaporates into the past.
The Kardashians. Comic books. Movies based on comic books. Video games about zombies. University-level courses in comic books. Courses in zombie studies. Feminism. Rap music. Gender-neutral pronouns and safe spaces. Hitch ’em all to the sleigh and they’ll take you straight to Eloi country.
In The Time Machine, the Eloi do serve a purpose: the Morlocks, who dwell in darkness underground, eat them.
What purpose is served by a 25-year-old living at home with Momma while he works for his bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies?