A future vision

David Dickinson
1997, Vol. 2, No. 3,

Abstract


One of the most poignant moments in Alexander Korda's 1935 version of H G Wells' Things to Come appears in the closing seconds. With a sweep of the arm embracing the whole universe a key character asks, 'Can it really be our destiny to conquer all this? Is there to be no rest from the unrelenting quest for knowledge, no peace for man until the whole universe is his?' 'No' answers his colleague, 'there can be no rest, for once man has taken the first step down the path of knowledge and understanding, he must take all those that follow, the alternative is to do nothing, to live with the insects in the dust. The choice is simple. It is the whole universe or nothing. Which shall it be?' Fade out to celestial choir taking up the theme: 'Which shall it be?'


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