Shaw and Chesterton believed that the acceptance of Darwinism made it impossible to resist social Darwinism, plutocracy, imperialism, racialism, and militarism.
Chesterton was a friend of Shaw but also an ideological opponent, who often debated with him on public stages.
The implication is clear: the alien monolith has somehow bequeathed to him and his little tribe a sudden quantum leap in brain power.
The sun is burning out, and life on Earth is heading for extinction. This aptly conveys Darwinian materialism’s vision of a meaningless universe.
Fans of H. G. Wells are probably familiar with his 1904 short story, “The Country of the Blind.”