Ah the famous maxim of the Borg, dripping of pale lips, emphasized the simultaneous futility of fighting against it – because the many are just too powerful for the one to escape the common goal of this biotechnological “organism”- you will be assimilated.

You will undoubtedly be assimilated into the “normal” as well and you will be programmed in one way or another by the society and surroundings you were born into – by its values, patterns of behavior, thoughts, positions on certain issues, the way of life, culture and being. You will become a unit, for a time at least, because having any introspection at all will at one point accumulate the critical tipping point where you’ll start to question the legitimacy of all you’re told to be “right” and “true”.

Normal – what a comforting yet bland word it is. “Normal” means standard, it means generic and it means the least common denominator of what could be out of the variety that exists. This “normal” is smudged all over the spectrum. From the “normal” measurements of the average body, to the “normal” path you should take in life, to the “normal” thing you should believe. It is cozy; it is safe, because if you’re “normal” you’re protected by the mass. The world is made easier for the “normal” ones. It is made by their standardized measure. It is practical and plain, useful and pragmatic but not very deep or fulfilling. Yet, even this “normal” is not normal because there is no such thing. We perceive as normal the state of affairs we find when we arrive here. Even if it is madness, being born into madness makes you perceive it as normalcy because this is all you’ve ever known. A large part of teenage rebellion is that you start to awake as well to the notion that “normal” is not enough, that there must be more. A suspicion creeps in and stabilizing yourself if you don’t know where you are or what to do with it can be difficult, straining the relationships around you until the orientation process is finalized. Some will conclude this rebellion by giving in and accepting the “normal”, because they find more value in this complacency then in fighting it. There is nothing wrong with this at all if it fulfills the fundamental psychological need for security. But some will, taking its measure, realize that they cannot accept and for them this is the beginning of a journey.

There is power in numbers and being at peace with some aspects of your culture is necessary, but there is also unbridled power within the individual that continues on questioning it, governed by the innate internal (and eternal) morality of what is right or wrong. So, Borg is/are a figment of the Star Trek writers’ imagination and an exploration of humanness within the unhuman, but it is also a warning of sacrificing individuality for the sake of becoming a mass, strong maybe, but a mass nevertheless. A thing that is able to move and adapt by the agility of its parts is far more stable and resilient than one rigid structure which refuses change. Culture is alive and it changes and so does “normal”. Who knows what actions we do the future generations will view with the same reprehensible cringe as we now see enslaving other humans or enjoying gladiators annihilating each other as a pastime. There is no “normal”, it is just a current point of view that will make your life easier by accepting it. But nowhere in the life contract is there a clause that said “easy”, that’s not the point, never was nor will it ever be.