Friday, 14 August 2015
Time Patrol Training
"The first part of instruction was physical and psychological. Everard had never realized how his own life had crippled him, in body and mind; he was only half the man he could be. It came hard, but in the end it was a joy to feel the utterly controlled power of muscles, the emotions which had grown deeper for being disciplined, the swiftness and precision of conscious thought." (Time Patrol, p. 12)
The world needs an end to divisive ideological indoctrination and the education of an entire global generation, if not by Poul Anderson's Time Patrol, then maybe by his Psychotechnic Institute: controlled muscles; disciplined emotions; swift and precise conscious thought. Exactly.
Near the end of The Shape Of Things To Come, HG Wells contrasts two street scenes: a confused and fearful crowd in the twentieth century as against the intelligent and curious individuals of the twenty second century - a better outcome than Morlocks and Eloi. Wells excelled at utopias as well as dystopias.
Anderson's Time Patrol seems just about perfect but what a pity that they have to conceal all their advantages from earlier generations.