How to Be Less Human – By David Grove
How to be Less Human is a book written by Philip Zimbardo which talks about what it means to be a human in the most brutal and bloody way. Zimbardo explains to us that we have become so caught up with technology that we are failing to perceive the world around us in the same way as our ancestors did, and we are losing this ability at an alarming rate. In this book he discusses some of the most haunting questions we may never be able to answer because of the speed of communication and the faceless facades behind most technological products and services. It is interesting to note here is that many people believe that we can solve some of these problems with more time, but in fact there will always be more of this problem to come unless we find a way to make the human aspect of ourselves more visible, more fleshy.
How to be Less Human might also have relevance in the corporate setting. Most people do not like being in a cubicle, especially those who work in Information Technology related fields. The reason for this is that it is a boring place, it is cold and there are hundreds of other cubicles exactly like it. The walls are of whiteboards or blackboards with notes scrawled all over them. The atmosphere is extremely repetitive, and we are expected to work on the same tasks day after day. We cannot escape this relentless routine and unless you are one of the few people who can escape this trap then you will end up trapped in it for good.
Zimbardo suggests that we do something about this if we are to escape this life and return to a more human existence. He refers to the idea of creating a prison within ourselves to act as a barrier against the endless flow of repetitive patterns and thoughts that consume us. In this prison, we will be forced to re-examine our actions, our habits and the way we relate to others and this will help us to evolve into a more evolved being. We will be forced to raise questions such as do we want to be less human, less physical or both? And how will we react to that idea if we cannot answer it.