Saturday, February 28, 2015

Unearthly Entities Haunt Starbucks Part 2

Last time I wrote about an oversize photo print on the wall at Starbucks that "attempted to communicate" with me ("Unearthly Entities Haunt Starbucks").

When a seemingly inanimate object "attempts communication," its desire is to bring attention to itself for its own reasons, which I find difficult to decipher.

But the motivation of an animate entity in the cafe is the opposite. It attempts to evade communication and avoid attracting attention.

For the sake of discussion, the "animate entity" could be an android, an alien from another world, a ghost, a demon, an angel, or a being I call a manikin, for lack of a better term, which I'll discuss here.

A manikin attempts to mimic the appearance and behavior of a human, often with great success. It wants the others in the cafe to think it is just another person, the same as them, and nothing out of the ordinary. Its goal is to fool people, because it isn't one of them, but wants them to believe it is.

The inner workings of a manikin are unknown to me. It could be a robot, an android, or a living creature from another planet.

Unlike an inanimate object, a manikin doesn't seek to "warn" anyone of anything. It strives to contribute to an atmosphere of normalcy and complacency. Lulling us into a false sense of security?

What does a manikin hope to accomplish by venturing out into the public and pretending to be a typical human being? The possibilities seem endless, especially without knowing exactly what it is, and where it came from. It could be gathering information, probing weaknesses, seeking potential human targets, stalking someone, or confirming that it indeed can interact with people without attracting notice.

The others in the cafe are unaware of the presence of a manikin. I seem to be the only person who can tell the difference. I can detect the disparity, especially in the glassy eyes and the mechanical jaw which moves a bit straight up and down like a ventriloquist's dummy, rather than in accord with the movement of a real person's mouth. Somehow, no one else notices. The others in the cafe drink their coffee, peck at their laptop keyboards, or chat about little nothings with each other while a manikin sits in the midst of them.

That's a recurring theme I see every day at the cafe. Others remain oblivious to the crucialities that never cease to capture my attention.

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