Zombies and Cyborgs: At Least They’re Not Human

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.)

11 thoughts on “Zombies and Cyborgs: At Least They’re Not Human

  1. Zombie or cyborg, huh? This is a tough question for a 1950’s farm boy who thought Mickey Mantle and Shorthorn cattle were the best two things in the world, along with Mom’s sour cream raisin pie. So, since I’m not big on bath salts or eating brains of any sort, I’d say I’m a cyborg.

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    1. Sour cream raisin pie sounds interesting. Have you ever tried green grape pie? My grandparents used to have lots of sour Mustang grapes, and Grandma would make green grape pie, probably with more sugar than grapes. It was yummy. Hard to imagine it, but the first computer I ever used was at their house. The beginning of the cyborg age…

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  2. This is very good, Anna, and cites more truth than maybe I want to hear. 🙂 I really look forward to this series. This week, I am feeling like a zombie but I’m not trying to.

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    1. For a long time these thoughts have been more truth than I wanted to write! Still struggling with it, but for me, writing helps with the struggle. Thanks for the comment, linneann!

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  3. Hi Anna, love your blog- even if you didn’t share the name of my daughter.

    This idea you have of using zombies and cyborgs as a metaphor for the human condition is brilliant (wish I had thought of it). It seems to me to be the modern version of the idea of angels vs demons,
    and explores on the individual level what I am trying to do on a collective level on my own blog Utopia or Dystopia. I look forward to reading your posts, and your novel once it gets picked up.

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    1. Hi Rick, I’m glad you liked the zombie/cyborg concept. I can see spiritual metaphors in practically everything, but this one seemed to fit especially well. I spent some time on your blog Utopia or Dystopia, and love the ideas there and the way you handle them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. There’s this whole group of people that are hard to stick with a metaphor, but your sub-human zombies bring them to mind. A few dwell in plane sight right among us, but we cannot, must not, see them. Their struggles are such a world apart from our own more than a glimpse could seriously, maybe permanently disturb our suburban slumber. Often they live in poverty, but saying they are poor doesn’t describe them any more accurately than saying they are zombies. Like us, some are crooks and some are holy. Unlike us, they can embrace being both. Out of insight, or neccesity they have unloaded the burden of duality. I think neccesity, for they struggle with these things that are more pressing, persitant, and tangible. As an Inn keeper perhaps you met a few, but even there they would be scarce,

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    1. Permanently disturbing our suburban slumber might be a good thing, especially if this group struggles with issues of spiritual / supernatural importance that pre-date — and will outlive — the American dream. In every generation there have been truth-seekers who don’t fit into the culture of that time (too often resulting in poverty), and yet their insights provide life and light for those around them. As with Solomon, their duality fuels their thirst for truth and deeper wisdom (Ecc. 2:10-11). I have met a few of these rare people, and am blessed to know them.

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