Invasion Tips from The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)

H.G. Wells released his novel, The War of the Worlds in 1897. This is a science fiction book exploring what might happen if Martians invaded the earth.

Over a hundred years after the publication of this novel, it still has the power to make readers wonder about life beyond our atmosphere. Would outsiders be friendly or deadly like the Martians in this version?

We may never know the answers, but for now we can enjoy the writings of creative minds that explore the topic of extraterrestrials.

Though the tale is far fetched, here are three life lessons from The War of the Worlds:

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1 – Don’t underestimate the outsider.

If an alien species came to our planet, the first mistake we could make would be to underestimate them. Humans have an issue with understanding that we are not perfect and we are not at the top of the food chain. There’s nothing more threatening to the ego of man than an alien race dropping from the sky with superior technology and intelligence.

Never assume that the outsider is weaker or less developed. Never underestimate those you don’t know.

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2 – Our rules of life and science might not equal outsider rules. (Law and Physics)

The narrator quickly assumes that our powerful gravity on Earth will be unbearable to those used to the lesser gravity of Mars. He also considers other things about the Martians in terms of human laws of physics and ethics.

Races that come from different places, especially different planets, likely won’t have the same rules of nature that we do. We can’t assume that others will think murder is wrong, we can’t assume that all lifeforms in the universe need oxygen to breath.

Everything we think we know about the universe would instantly go up in flames if a Martian landed on Earth. No assumptions, no rules.

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3 – When it’s all said and done, go back home.

The narrator’s fear and anxiety comes to a close at the end of the book when the Martians meet their demise. The first thing he does is go back home. Luckily, his wife is there, too, happy to see her husband survived the invasion.

Occasionally life sucks and it’s madness. We move so fast from one task to the next with a little sleep and food in between. On the go – always.

Every now and then it’s productive and wise to take a breather. Go home. Go sit and stare at the wall and relax. Slow down. Visit the place where you feel you most belong and give yourself time to enjoy it.

Take a moment to feel gratitude that your loved ones haven’t been vaporized by Martians.

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Hopefully if we ever make contact with life from other planets it will be a peaceful interaction, unlike the catastrophe in The War of the Worlds. We can hope for the best, but we should be cautious, not underestimate the others, and know their rules will differ from ours here on Earth.

On a survivalist note, if you’re trapped with a person who talks too much, it might be a good idea to ditch said person. Otherwise the guy who talks too much is going to get both of you killed.

Thanks for reading this post. Be grateful that we’ve not been invaded by malignant Martians…yet.

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