Monday, January 6, 2014
International Methuselah League for Posthumanist Rights (IMLP)
Founded in 1899, the International Methuselah League for Posthumanist Rights advocates for the rights for what they call posthumans. Most know the league for its humanitarian and medical research. However, they don't seem to remember or notice the IMLP's core philosophy. The IMLP openly advocates for granting rights to those they call Posthuman, especially the right to be protected against assault, and even expanding the definition of murder to include posthumans as well.
When the IMLP refers to Posthumans, they are being specific. Anyone former human beings that have died and come back from the dead. A good deal think of them as Vampyres or Draugr or a plethora of other terms. They dislike the persecution of their particular group, especially at the hands of self-proclaimed vampyre hunters. They believe that a strong discrimination exists against them. Which is true, after a fashion.
Since Vampyres is such a broad category, it includes those Vampyres who've fallen with the practive of hematophilia, consuming human blood in order to keep themselves from rotting. Most of those who think of themselves as Posthuman dislike the bias this puts on what they think of as a criminal activity.
After all, most of them are just like regular people.
They go to work, sleep and spend time with their loved ones. Posthumans contribute to society, working to help better things. They aren't savages, and the image of vampires as bloodsucking immortals is... less than great, at least to them.
So, the International Methuselah League of Posthumans work to prove that their kind are active, contributing members of society. Most humans still act as though the walking, living dead aren't among us. Some Posthumans want to create a campaign to out famous Posthumans, to try and generate public attention to their plight.
There is an impediment to that.
Some sort of collective disbelief on the validity of, not just the undead, but all manner of supernatural subjects prevents the IMLP from making headway in their campaign to further the interests of Posthumans. A great number of humans just choose to not believe it. They can be convinced, but it never seems to matter, as the media and others somehow drown anything that might help advance their point.
Worse still, they know some of their kind are ancient, murderous creatures that have survived by drinking and killing humans. Those ancient monsters have created entire lineages of hunters. Enemies upon enemies who use the shadowy, nebulous understanding of Posthumans to attack them, regardless of whether or not they are hostile to human life.
The Stoker Paradox
The posthumans of the IMLP refer to the odd fact that popular culture has fiction stories of the undead and the fact that people refuse to recognize the reality of their existence as the Stoker Paradox. Named after Brom Stoker, the paradox always seems to be a large part of the problem they try to solve. Most Posthumans chalk it up to a psychological flaw in human thinking, much like the Uncanny Valley.
The Undead Rights Act
Perhaps the most drastic success for the IMLP had been the advocacy and the passing of the Undead Rights Act in the United States in 1972, put into law under the Nixon administration. The URA passing would've seemed to have expanded the awareness of the plight of the posthuman in the US, but it had the opposite effect. The URA expressly made the murder or destruction of the living dead a crime, unless the Undead in question had been causing some form of serious harm- even then, a court had been created to try and determine whether or not the United States Government would allow such a creature to exist or not.
The URA mainly expanded part of the United State Mulitversal Survey's authority, allowing the creation of a task force within the USMS for the specific objective of containing External threats, the EHC unit. This allowed the USMS to take over various cases, often preventing the loss of life or unlife at sites throughout the US.