Change Is Good

(Originally posted October 25, 2010)

Someone asked me some questions the other day about being a Vampyre, someone younger, who has been solitary up till that point, in the knowledge that they are different  They said they were tired of Mundane society, and so disappointed in how they percieve it to be cold and cruel and devoid of caring. 
 
“Humans don’t care about each other,” he says, indicating how much he longs to be part of a community that does. I smile, because I see the duplicity in the world we live in, and the flaw in his view. Not all Vampyres care about – well, even other Vampyres. Or the community. Or that there is even a community.

We all get disappointed sometimes, and the world is often a cold and lonely place, but people are not all the same – not even when they cluster together in different little groups. Just changing groups or wanting to join the “vampyre scene” won’t magickally transform your world from frost and ice to warm summerlands with birdies chirping in the trees. I’m not saying that change won’t be good good for you, but change doesn’t necessarily have to come from outside, it should come from within. So many people think that being a Vampyre will magically change their lives, and somehow make them meaningful. That’s why we get so many requests for “turning” – and have the sad job of dashing their hopes yet again. But they will get over it. Lucky them, I think, then realizing once again that given the choice I wouldn’t change. I’m quite happy as I am, despite everything.

 
We all have our problems, after all, and Vampyres have problems all our own.  I look at him, early twenties, and I remember how I saw the world then, so big, so bewildering. How disappointed I was too, when I realized that nothing was as it seemed. I remember how I hoped something would come along to change all that. When it did, it was something I wasn’t prepared for. And it wasn’t something that happened from the outside, it was something that came from inside.
 
Being Vampyre doesn’t mean you suddenly become part of another community where people care about each other, and everything magically transforms into the Care Bears (albeit with fangs). Most vamps I’ve met are a lot like other people, they just tend to be more open-minded about a lot of things. And then again, more closed-minded about others. Everyone is different and unique.

“What makes a vampire?” He asks, “How can I tell? Can people tell if you are?”

Well, it’s not about how you dress, so a person in a club, dressed like Dracula,  Marilyn Manson  or even Edward  Cullen won’t necessarily be a Vampyre. Vampyres can be bankers, CEO’s, or school moms. One could be sitting right next to you right now, sipping coffee. Being of the blood or essence, is no respecter of persons. Anyone can be a Vampyre. And while anyone can be, not everyone who is, flaunts it.

So what makes a Vampyre, a Vampyre? The major defining characteristic of a Vampyre is having a shortage of pranic energy, and having to take it from an outside source, such as PSI or from blood. There is currently no real way to “prove” that you’re a Vampyre. Folks are working on that, people in neat little white coats in a lab somewhere, but then, they have been since the Dark Ages.

“Oh, right…” I can hear some say, giving a patronising nod and amused little smile. “Of course not.”

Alright then, imagine for a moment that there was – and given the brutal intolerance some folks have for anything they “disagree” with, or view as being in violation of their religion or personal value systems – you would have witch (or vampire) hunters roaming the streets, testing everyone they saw in gothic or emo dress, and especially the lurky teenagers who skip Sunday-school.

Of course, you think I’m exagerating, but am I? It’s happened before after all. Ever heard of the Inquisition? Think it can’t happen again? Hmm. Next time you listen to a conservative politician or religious figure talking about, I dunno – gay rights for example – listen up and insert “witch” and “vampire” into the appropriate spaces. There, see what I mean? Some of those folks would happily lynch us if they could – and in some parts of the world, they do.

Yes it would be nice to be a valid, recognized identity group and shown tolerance. But remember, that while there are other minority groups today that are recognized by Mundane society – they certainly are having a time of it. I for one am pretty glad that, for now at least, there isn’t a definite “test” to identify us. For one thing, it perpetuates the status quo – that while some do take us seriously, most don’t even believe we really exist. No, that’s right folks – they’re all lifestylers, there’s no such thing as Vampyres… *wink*.

So what are Vampyres then, if it is some kind of life style choice? Well, you need to consider that if people appear to choose to embrace their nature in the face of likely or even certain death, that it may not be a lifestyle choice. After all, if you could choose to avoid persecution or death by a simple change of clothes and washing off the goth make-up, wouldn’t you do it? But as I said before, it isn’t that simple. Dress and aesthetic is one thing, but needing to feed, well – that’s quite another.

Many Vampyres have detailed how sick they get when they try to convince themselves that they are imagining it all, and try to stop feeding to be “normal“. And not just Sang vamps, but PSI vamps also.

Lifestyle choice? Really? Last time I checked, nobody got ill or died from changing religions. And like it or not, any religion is a life style choice.

Truth is, anyone can drink blood – but we do it because we need to. Truth is, anyone can be taught to feed PSI or do energy-work, but only vamps need it. Truth is, anyone can call themselves a Vampyre – but only Vampyres are.

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