Two interesting things happen in the book “The Day of the Triffids” written by John Wyndham in 1951 – interesting from our current perspective in the age of Covid.
First, an unusual plant is found growing in the wild. The plant, known as a Triffid, is a tall, leafy vegetable that spits poison and eats animal flesh. Although extremely dangerous, the plant produces a high-quality vegetable oil and so it is farmed extensively. No one knows exactly where Triffids come from, but it is speculated that it was bioengineered in a Soviet lab (this is written in the 1950’s) and somehow escaped or was intentionally released into the wild. Why would a research facility deliberately create and then let loose a dangerous biohazard on the world? Who knows what the Communists might have been planning? After being farmed quite profitably for awhile, something else is discovered about the Triffids: they are able to uproot themselves and move about on their own.
Well, before this development can be studied, the second thing happens. A strange meteor shower sending sparks of green light into the atmosphere astounds the world. The shower lasts long enough so that everyone on Earth who wants to witness it can do so. And, of course, most people around the world, fascinated by the green flares, watch the phenomenon intensely. The next day, everyone who observed the display wakes up permanently blind. And concurrently a strange plague infects the world killing millions. It is speculated that the Soviets had something to do with this meteor shower: that it wasn’t a meteor at all, but a satellite containing biohazardous material and strange manufactured diseases that exploded and fell to the Earth. Again, was this deliberate or accidental? No one knows and no one can verify it because at this point civilization pretty much collapses.
With most of the world blind or suffering from a plague, there is no one guarding the Triffid farms. The Triffids escape and rampage the planet feeding on the helpless humans. The only easy way to stop a Triffid is to burn it up with a flame thrower. However, few are left who can aim it, and there’s no way to get fuel. In fact, supplies of everything, including food, quickly run out not just in urban areas but even in farming communities since most people are blind and can’t work equipment, harvest anything or transport anything. It is the Day of the Triffids.
With so much chaos, authority ceases to function and humans form competing bands of scavengers trying to avoid the Triffids and get control of the few remaining resources.
It is a bleak picture.
Nothing like what we’re facing with Covid, of course. But what if something more deadly is developed in some Communist lab and “accidently” unleashed on the world? What if one of the thousands of satellites now orbiting the Earth, most of which have purposes unknown to the general public, should become weaponized and strikes the population? What will we do?
Covid has shown us that governments are useless at protecting populations and spiritually blind populations can’t appreciate the dangers all around them. The fact that the government response to crisis is simply to restrict freedom and enforce more dictatorial control over people, should make everyone concerned. It doesn’t appear to. If a true pandemic hits, whether planned (a “plandemic”) or the result of an accident, a disease that kills more than 2% of the people it infects and infects everyone, will the mask finally fall off the so-called leaders of the world? Will we finally see them for what they truly are – ruthless, power mad, despots? (I won’t say demonic – but you know what I mean.)
We aren’t likely to face Triffids – or zombies, aliens or any other sci fi tropes – but we will certainly face wars, famines and plagues. Hopefully, these won’t be the work of our own governments seeking to consolidate their strangle hold on their own people.