Humanity isn’t good enough. Not by a long shot. We get tired, cranky, disorganized, and sometimes have trouble remembering things. We’re frighteningly vulnerable to the elements (as opposed to, say, camels or elephants). If you think about it, most of the modern world exists to help us overcome our humanity in some way, shape, or form.
What is it about humanity that wants to be… NOT human? Are we so disillusioned with the human condition that we’ll run from it at any cost?
Yes. We are. And most of us avoid our humanity by transforming into zombies, cyborgs, or even both.
ZOMBIES, less than human. Zombies are the undead. Soulless bodies bent on destruction, zombies represent total anti-human depravity. They feed on brains, for crying out loud. Now, none of us civilized types would ever admit to this… but there is a faction of humanity that would rather be less than human, than deal with the struggles of being fully human. If you look hard enough, you’ll see it. Bath salts — a designer drug mixture linked to violent acts — is only one form of escape from humanity that has the power to turn users into zombies. Most of our vices lock us into a sub-human state of being, where we can’t fully understand the effects our actions have on others. For this group, being sub-human is better than being human.
CYBORGS, more than human. Then we have the cyborg group, seeking to artificially enhance and improve on the human experience. Have a problem? There’s an app for that. Trouble remembering things? Export your brain to the cloud — you’ll be able to access it from anywhere. Worried about your health? Sign up today for mobile health surveillance, and don’t forget to register your kids. They’ll be safer that way. Soon we’ll be able to implant microchips in our brains, and download textbooks directly to the neural network. Then we’ll have more time for being… not human. Because as humans we’re flawed. Forgetful. We need serious help, and for the pro-cyborg group, machines are the answer.
So are you a zombie, a cyborg, or both? Stay tuned…
(This is the first in a week-long series, exploring what it means to be human.)