the harvest was what I saw!
‘After all, the sanitation and the agriculture of to-day are still in the rudi-
mentary stage. The science of our time has attacked but a little department of
the eld of human disease, but, even so, it spreads its operations very steadily
and persistently. Our agriculture and horticulture destroy a weed just here
and there and cultivate perhaps a score or so of wholesome plants, leaving the
greater number to ght out a balance as they can. We improve our favourite
plants and animals|and how few they are|gradually by selective breeding;
now a new and better peach, now a seedless grape, now a sweeter and larger
ower, now a more convenient breed of cattle. We improve them gradually,
because our ideals are vague and tentative, and our knowledge is very limited;
because Nature, too, is shy and slow in our clumsy hands. Some day all this
will be better organized, and still better. That is the drift of the current in spite
of the eddies. The whole world will be intelligent, educated, and co-operating;
things will move faster and faster towards the subjugation of Nature. In the
end, wisely and carefully we shall readjust the balance of animal and vegetable
me to suit our human needs.
‘This adjustment, I say, must have been done, and done well; done indeed
for all Time, in the space of Time across which my machine had leaped. The air
was free from gnats, the earth from weeds or fungi; everywhere were fruits and
sweet and delightful
owers; brilliant butter
ew hither and thither. The
ideal of preventive medicine was attained. Diseases had been stamped out. I
saw no evidence of any contagious diseases during all my stay. And I shall have
to tell you later that even the processes of putrefaction and decay had been
profoundly aected by these changes.
‘Social triumphs, too, had been eected. I saw mankind housed in splendid
shelters, gloriously clothed, and as yet I had found them engaged in no toil.
There were no signs of struggle, neither social nor economical struggle. The
shop, the advertisement, trac, all that commerce which constitutes the body
of our world, was gone. It was natural on that golden evening that I should
jump at the idea of a social paradise. The diculty of increasing population
had been met, I guessed, and population had ceased to increase.
‘But with this change in condition comes inevitably adaptations to the
change. What, unless biological science is a mass of errors, is the cause of
human intelligence and vigour? Hardship and freedom: conditions under which
the active, strong, and subtle survive and the weaker go to the wall; conditions
that put a premium upon the loyal alliance of capable men, upon self-restraint,
patience, and decision. And the institution of the family, and the emotions
that arise therein, the erce jealousy, the tenderness for ospring, parental self-
devotion, all found their justication and support in the imminent dangers of
the young. Now, where are these imminent dangers? There is a sentiment
arising, and it will grow, against connubial jealousy, against erce maternity,
against passion of all sorts; unnecessary things now, and things that make us
uncomfortable, savage survivals, discords in a rened and pleasant life.
‘I thought of the physical slightness of the people, their lack of intelligence,
and those big abundant ruins, and it strengthened my belief in a perfect con-