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‘Human Beings Are A Disease’

Science fiction is packed with stories of leaders/aliens/robots/whatever trying to subdue humanity’s baser urges and make them docile, compliant, and soulless. Sometimes I wonder if that might not be a better option; drones don’t kill each other in the streets.
| Nov 18, 2015 | 5 comments |

(I’m continuing my theme of movie quote article titles)

One of the hqdefaultmost riveting scenes in The Matrix, aside from the gravity-defying bullet ballet that is still cooler than pretty much anything released in the 15+ years since, is Agent Smith’s sit-down with Morpheus.

In his condescending monotone voice, he says, “I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed, and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague, and we…are the cure.”

At first I bristled to hear a fictitious movie character malign my species this way, but the notion wormed itself into my brain and hasn’t let go since. Of course I do not agree – human beings are God’s masterpiece, and He sent His Son to die for their sins. Yet the analogy is uncomfortably accurate. Human beings do behave as a virus according to this description, though the fallacy lies in equating mankind’s worth with that of a virus, a creature that is usually scorned.conceptual virus illustration

Yet when we turn on the news and see report after report of inhuman horrors happening across the globe, it’s hard not to think that Agent Smith might have a point. Science fiction is packed with stories of leaders/aliens/robots/whatever trying to subdue humanity’s baser urges and make them docile, compliant, and soulless. Sometimes I wonder if that might not be a better option; drones don’t kill each other in the streets.

But then I remember the truth. Humanity is fallen and cannot redeem itself. Sin is part of our very essence, but it is this darkness that drew the Light to Earth. And despite what the news media blares in our faces 24/7, there are far more acts of kindness and decency every day than terrible ones, and they are done by people of all faiths and creeds.

Human beings are not a cancer; the sin inside our hearts is the cancer. The cure is not control, subjugation, drugs, or harvesting. The cure is believing in Jesus Christ’s death as full payment for our sins and in His resurrection as our hope for the future. I’ll take that over the Matrix any day.


Mark Carver writes dark, edgy books that tackle tough spiritual issues. He is currently working on his ninth novel. Besides writing, Mark is passionate about art, tattoos, bluegrass music, and medieval architecture. After spending more than eight years in China, he now lives with his wife and three children in Atlanta, GA. You can find Mark online at MarkCarverBooks.com and at Markcarverbooks on Facebook.

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Parker J. Cole

Whatever one believes about the New World Order, Illuminati, or some other secret society that is working mass scale and controlling every human on the earth (very smart people indeed!) their ‘solution’ is to try to either get rid of the lower forms of humanity — insert criteria here but they’re obviously not of the lower form — or modify humanity (transhumanism)  in order to stop humans from being so…human.

However, the overall picture is that everyone recognizes this isn’t the way things ought to be but it is. Everyone recognizes we need a Savior–we just don’t want that Savior to be the Lord. We recognize the frailty, and the rotting carcass of sin in our lives but we don’t want to acknowledge it. Often, the cure is to get rid of human on a large scale (in conspiracy theory or science fiction or both) and…start all over again.

That’s our solution.

Strangely enough, God did not destroy Our Parents in the Garden oh so long ago. He knew these things would happen and yet…He allowed our existence. Which really goes to show how much He loves us. Even on our worst days, He still loves us enough to allow us our existence as painful as it may be. I remember one person on a show said, “Why didn’t God just wipe Adam and Eve out?” But then, that’s our solution to our problems. Don’t try to save it. Get rid of it.

Even in the midst of atrocities, God’s light shines through in the rescue workers, the doctors, nurses, the missionaries, the aid relief, the troops, and countless others who came to the aid of those in Paris and Kenya to help.

My two cents.

Leah Burchfiel
Leah Burchfiel

At the same time, there are Christians trying to control/eliminate very human experiences like sadness, anger, regret, or lust. Like, not just trying to minimize the harm they can cause, but trying to suppress the emotions themselves. Like people who subscribe to the fallacy that anger and depression are sins, or the people who get repressed from purity culture and demonize their sexual urges so they can’t even accept them in permissible forms in marriage.

To a certain extent, the concept of Original Sin is like this. If humans are disgustingly sinful, and we are supposed to be trying to become not disgusting, then doesn’t it follow that we are trying to become inhuman?

Parker J. Cole

You’re so right and that’s an aspect to think about too! People say a ‘spirit of lust’, a ‘spirit of alcoholism’ and whatnot. You’re so right. I was reading some horror story about how the purity culture of some congregations (not all) have led to a sexualization of those who participate in it. Make sure your dress is this, don’t wear this, and stuff like that. It’s so sad. You’re so right and thank you for bringing that up.

Parker J. Cole

I totally just got a story idea from your comment Thank you!