H. G. Wells addresses the following themes in “The Country of the Blind”:
* An isolated community will generally overcome any disability like blindness after a few generations.
* Having adapted to cope with such disabilities, an isolated community will believe that its modified behaviour is normal.
* An isolated community will tend to be closed-minded and xenophobic, and will persecute and (if necessary) maim anyone who is different and/or non-conformist.
* The maxim, “In the Country of the Blind the One-Eyed Man is King”, from Desiderius Erasmus, is not necessarily always true.
* The story may be seen as an allegory of society’s treatment of those with ability or intellect beyond the understanding of the many. The fear of the ‘barbarian’ or at least unenlightened masses is a recurrent theme in Wells’s writing.
— Wikipedia on The Country of the Blind
2011.03.11 Friday ACHK