Illustration Friday: Neighbor
Note 1: The following is a thought experiment, and not an attempt to excuse or condemn certain behaviors or life-styles. Please consider this before you flame.
Note 2: Though the basis for most of these ideas can be found in Robert Anton Wilson's novel, Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy, most of the conclusions are my own.
As I crammed my body onto the packed E-Train with the rest of the herd, it hit me: We're all primates who are turning into insects. The advancement of technologies have allowed us to build cities of hives, burrow through tunnels, (even roads, though on the surface, are still basically tunnels, as you cannot divert from them,) and- for the most part- live solely for the betterment of the colony (more on that later.) Even the suburbs are built just to support or provide dormitories for those who work in the nearest hive.
This explains most of what is considered unacceptable behavior. We are primates who are trying to adjust to living as bugs- something we weren't made to do. Natural primate behavior- especially male aggressiveness- is frowned upon more and more, except on the sports field. Laws are passed (by both liberals and conservatives) that restrict freedom of thought and word, trying to conform the world to behavior that is acceptable for a hive, where everyone must get along. This causes a lot of emotional distress, as people often are afraid or embarrassed to express their anger, or any thoughts that do not conform to the hive mentality. (i.e.: I'm sure the majority of people didn't see the big deal over the whole Don Imus broo-ha-ha, but would never admit it for fear of being branded insensitive or a racist. Another example is how everyone tries so desperately to find a "safe" stance on abortion- one that won't offend their friends who may think differently.)
As a consequence, the majority of us lead lives that serve no other purpose than to further the hive. (We work to live or buy whatever leisure products the television insists we need. We spend all of our leisure time in front of said television or surfing the net.) How does this help the hive? The queen (government) gets a piece of every paycheck & purchases in the form of taxes. However, those in government tend to spend most of the tribute on themselves, being primates who are freed by privilege from the constraints of the hive mentality.
Another technological step toward insect-hood is the explosion in communications. We all walk around with antennas in our pockets. When we go home, we hook up to a computer system that connects the minds of everyone in the hive. We all read the same books, and watch the same movies and television shows, (I'm sorry, I consider American Idol a blight upon the land,) to share the same experiences.
The result is that we are miserable, confused, living in over-populated hives in a way we were never meant to do. But nature is adapting. Perhaps homosexuality and our growing acceptance of it is merely an evolutionary response to over-population. Nature, realizing we have a sex drive but we are also over-populated, turns some people's desires to a direction that does not encourage procreation. (I know, there were always homosexuals and that some wish to adopt or be fertilized, but I'm talking about the majority.) More and more of us are becoming content to stay inside and hook ourselves up to the hive mind. I'm not saying these turns of events are good or bad- that's for you to decide. But, to paraphrase Robert Wilson, the next time you read the news and wonder, "how can people DO that?" or feel terrified that if anyone knew what you were REALLY thinking they'd think you were a "no-good-shit," just remember- we're all just primates trying to live in an insect's world.