Vampires, werewolves and ghosts, oh my! How a world where supernatural monsters are real would be an improvement on the monstrous oligarchs.
I have no shame in confessing that I enjoy television shows like True Blood, Hemlock Grove and Being Human. While they certainly aren’t the most thought-provoking highlights of that medium, like all creative endeavors they can still be juxtaposed against reality to pose some interesting questions. The most obvious question being, would those worlds be more interesting/fulfilling to live in than the one we do now?
Our current reality is already full of monsters. The truly frightening commonality of most supernatural humanoids is that they essentially consume versions of themselves. They are near-humans who feed off the flesh, blood and psyches of the human beings they were once part of. While it is easy to correlate these tendencies with human depravities like rape and murder, or with the blind consumption of industrial economies, they could just as well be archetypes for the ruling elite.
The richest and most powerful beings are relatively supernatural. They have abilities, resources and power that most people do not. They use them to feed on those below them. They are avatars of avarice by which wealth gorges itself on wealth by robbing it from those weaker. From this angle there are plenty of monsters in the world as it is, they just make for a boring, repetitive story line.
There is also relatively little mobility in the current system of monsterdom, but in a world with vampires, ghosts, werewolves and zombies there are all kinds of opportunities to go up and/or down in the humanoid hierarchy. And even if I never personally advanced in that scheme of things, I would rather be hunted by a shape-shifting brain-eater than quietly drained by a self-righteous asshole in a suit. And I would be comforted in knowing that the monster who is about to take me out probably struggles more with its guilt and latent humanity than some shithead CEO.
Most of you have probably fantasized about some similar scenario. Almost everybody I know has some idea of what their life in a zombie apocalypse would be like, and probably have either an explicit or implicit desire to experience that. It sure the hell beats having a day job for forty years then trying to trick death for as long as possible in your time-addled body.
There is no such thing as a perfect world and no such thing as the problem of evil. The array of experiences available to human beings rely on variety and contrast. A world with no problems would be boring, and a world with no danger or risk involved would be entirely unsatisfying. It is a strange truth that our existence benefits from the horrors within it. However if we were to choose the kinds of horror we would prefer to experience, I doubt most of us would choose the current paradigm.
Yet if we could choose a world with supernatural beings walking openly among us to replace the monsters of profiteering, I think most of us would. But could we?
Maybe. Possibly. Should we try?
To do so would mean to create a massive shift in the human narrative throughout a vast and complex web of beliefs and expectations, according to the principles of Narrativism as I have laid them out. But theoretically, if my model is useful, it is possible. Anything and everything are possible, albeit not necessary simple or easy. Which is why the saddest thing in the world to me is to hear people who are attached to some static, external reality and refuse to even explore possibilities outside their narrow definition of existence. If we could overcome this prison of pragmatism we could actually test for the possibilities of all kinds of new realities.
In the meantime oligarch monsters already take advantage of our naive realism and use it like a glamour to keep us from trying to escape while they bleed us dry. It is too late to chose if monsters exists, so maybe our best hope is choosing which ones should.