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to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many—those that cause putrefaction in dead matter, for instance—our living frames are altogether immune

From the original 1898 version of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” https://www.gutenberg.org/files/36/36-h/36-h.htm#chap25

“In another moment I had scrambled up the earthen rampart and stood upon its crest, and the interior of the redoubt was below me. A mighty space it was, with gigantic machines here and there within it, huge mounds of material and strange shelter places. And scattered about it, some in their overturned war-machines, some in the now rigid handling-machines, and a dozen of them stark and silent and laid in a row, were the Martians—dead!—slain by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unprepared; slain as the red weed was being slain; slain, after all man’s devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth.

For so it had come about, as indeed I and many men might have foreseen had not terror and disaster blinded our minds. These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things—taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many—those that cause putrefaction in dead matter, for instance—our living frames are altogether immune. But there are no bacteria in Mars, and directly these invaders arrived, directly they drank and fed, our microscopic allies began to work their overthrow. Already when I watched them they were irrevocably doomed, dying and rotting even as they went to and fro. It was inevitable. By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are. For neither do men live nor die in vain.”

Wait. What? But in 2020, so-called “educated” people say:

I want you to know that I’m educated enough to know, that “herd immunity” isn’t a real thing, that “herd immunity” is an absurd idea promoted by idiot politicians, the propaganda of buffoons who “don’t believe in ‘the science’ and want to sacrifice the elderly to the gods of the economy.”

ah, wow. educated indeed!

Here’s the 1953 film version ending:

And the end words narrated by Morgan Freeman in the 2005 film version with Tom Cruise directed by Steven Spielberg:

From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man’s weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet’s infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.

How strange it is then that appears in 2018 the idiotic article:

https://screenrant.com/steven-spielberg-war-of-the-worlds-ending/ 

Steven Spielberg Admits War of the Worlds Ending Doesn’t Make Sense

Thirteen years after the movie’s release, Steven Spielberg finally revealed that he isn’t a fan of his War of the World’s ending either.

The major critique regarding the movie’s ending has to do with the aliens’ Achilles heel. In the final act, tension comes to an abrupt standstill once it’s discovered that the aliens can not survive among the various microbes inhabiting the planet. Once they leave their crafts (referred to in the movie as “Tripods”) and are exposed to the air, they die upon contact. As a courtesy, Cameron refers to the similarly uneventful payoff in Wells’ original ending, saying, “I don’t think H. G. Wells could figure it out. The common cold takes out the bad guys.” 

What shit is this, really? What brain-rotting shit has infected the educated mind of the 21st century?

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