HUMAN OR NEOHUMAN?

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Here is a photograph of me giving a speech during one of my book signings.  During this speech, I described a question that has scratched at the back of my mind ever since I started my series.  Is it better to be human or neohuman?  When I consider the fundamental differences between normal human beings and neohumans, the answer is quite obvious in my opinion.  As a mere mortal, your capabilities are extremely limited as you are vulnerable to aging and disease and the experience you gain is minimal due to your relatively short lifespan.  On the other hand, as a neohuman, you are immune to disease and aging and you have a collection of tremendous abilities to help you do what you otherwise could not.  Another upside of being neohuman is that because you are permanently healthy, fit, and ageless, you literally have all the time in the world to gain as much life experience as possible.  There are a few drawbacks of being a neohuman though.  Although neohumans do not age or get sick, they can be killed if the physical trauma they sustain is great enough.  In addition, their advanced lifespan can result in psychological effects that will be illustrated by the main villain of my series when the third volume comes out.  With these factors in mind, which would you choose to be?  Human or neohuman?

10 thoughts on “HUMAN OR NEOHUMAN?”

  1. Being immune to disease and aging and permanently healthy, fit, and ageless, why aren’t more neohumans chronic procrastinators?

    “Yeah man … I’ll save the world like tomorrow or something.” 😛

    1. It makes sense to think that someone with a longer lifespan might be more willing to “waste time”, but then again, that’s not really what you see when you compare different countries or time periods with different life expectancies.
      And it’s more like the opposite of what you see when you compare humans to animals.

  2. I’m still good with human. Until Jesus comes back and makes me version 2.0. 😉 Without the rest of the world getting an upgrade, too, eternal life doesn’t sound all that appealing to me, to be honest. I’m intrigued by the concept, however!

  3. The way you put it, I can’t think of any reason not to choose to be neohuman. However, I think there will always be a downside. Still, what you describe, sounds really tempting.

  4. I think I’d choose to be human, just because it seems to me that all the non-humans in stories I’ve read pay for not being human by either decreased ability to feel compassion or empathy, or increased fallibility.

  5. Let’s see – permanently young, healthy and fit and a few extra powers; or mortal, subject to aging and normal? Put in that context, the choice is pretty clear. However, two things would make me pause. First, I think my lack of mortality would breed a degree of arrogance and hubris – I don’t have to be nice now, I can be nice later because I have all eternity to make it right. Second, so much our great culture – music, literature, art has been created as humanity struggles with its mortality. I am not sure it is worth the cost to accept the gift. Right now I would enjoy that permanently healthy fit. I might find it tiresome over the long haul.

  6. Ask any comic book geek: with great power, there must also come great responsibility. Although I prefer my superheroine Holly to age fairly normally. I think Holly would not like seeing her friends age around her, and be reminded that her life is changing in ways she cannot control.

    As for me? The heck with superpower, I can’t even figure out which powers I would want. I’d be happy if I could just get my stories finished and published!

  7. I think the only draw back to being Neohuman would be that no matter what your exploits or achievements no one will just say that it was you who accomplished them. People will say that of course they could save the world, they have superpowers, but when a human is capable of saving the world they have done something truly amazing. Would I trade the long life and superpowers for this however? No, no I would not.

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