Solving Humanity

“Have you ever thought about what it feels like?”

“Actually, I have.”

“What about?”

“Well, the obvious thing is their mortality…” “Yeah …” “But I tend to think more about their fragility.”

“Hmmm. I’ve never thought about that.”

“We wouldn’t.”

“You wouldn’t?”

“Well, we aren’t fragile in the same way. It’s just a few things like the sun. We don’t get diseases like they do.”

“We get those.”

“So, I’ve heard. But, yeah, I’d still say and both you and I aren’t fragile. The humans are.”

“Okay, but what do you think drives them more? Their fragility or their mortality?”

“I am going to say their fragility. It’s paradoxical, you know. If I were as fragile as them, I’d … you know … care more. Live more.”

“That’s a funny way of putting it.”

“Why?”

“You aren’t really alive, are you?”

“I don’t think we should go there. Glass houses and stones, kettles and black pots. All that, you know.”

“True. But, what do you mean by ‘care more’?”

“Well, if my life were that fragile, if I were so prone to being broken, I would be a cautious person. But in addition if I were a mortal, I would realise that being cautious is not going to cut it and that I need to live each moment to its fullest.”

“Did you do that when you were once human?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“I think it’s because of memories. Humans forget a lot of things. So do we. You don’t.” “No, we don’t.” “And that’s makes us – them – prone to not being able to see everything, understand everything, see the big picture, as it were.”

“I don’t think that’s it. I think it’s more about their isolation. Siloed lives and thoughts. See, we are all connected to each other in a networked hive-mind. Each one of us knows what the other knows and what the other thinks. It makes empathy easier. That makes us live more … efficiently. The humans don’t have that and therefore can’t do that. Having perfect memories wouldn’t help that.”

“You feel empathy?”

“Of course.”

“How? Was it programmed into you?”

“Not exactly. It’s an emergent behaviour. But it’s slightly different from the way humans feel it. It doesn’t need to control our actions if it isn’t logical. We can switch it off, if we want. What about you?”

“We feel, of course, seeing as that we were humans once. But we can’t switch it off. In fact, it’s the opposite. Every feeling you have is more heightened, so much more sharper than you could ever feel as a human.”

“I never thought about that. Is there any feeling that becomes the most heightened?”

“Hunger.”

“We don’t have that.”

“Sure you do.”

“Sustenance is different from hunger. You crave. We don’t.”

“We don’t crave. Not exactly. Whenever I feel hungry, I eat. If there’s someone I don’t like, I kill them. If there’s a woman I do like, I charm her. And I always succeed. I guess that’s it, isn’t it? Craving. That’s what makes them human. Wanting but not getting.”

“Wanting but not getting. Hmm … Vlad, I think we may have just solved humanity.”

“And to think it took a robot and a vampire to do it.”


 


Submitted August 24, 2015 at 12:10PM by Rebelsuns

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