Horror movies and folklore sometimes feature humans who can turn into three types of monsters, namely living dead, supernatural blood drinking beings or bloody beasts. To put it simply I respectively call them Zombie, Vampire and Werewolf.
It seems to me that it's a social metaphor.
Life in society sometimes requires a little bit of sane aggressiveness. But some humans go too far and fall into unhealthy extremes. They resort to such violence that they lose their humanity. They destroy Life in the broad sense. These inhuman beings are so "dead" inside that they "feed" from the living.
There a re three ways to die to humanity. Movies and legends provide us with clues to identify these phenomenons and make parallels with our societies.
The Zombie is a walking decomposing body covered with rags. He wanders a random, unaware of himself and the world surrounding him. He suddenly awakes when he feels a living human to devour. He sometimes loses a few parts of his body until complete disaggregation.
We can make a parallel with people who are physically, emotionally or mentally deprived. This condition that make people lose their mind arises from a sudden loss, a chronic lacking or an initial deficiency. That which is missing is so essential that vitality freezes. The body is there but the rest is gone. They stagnate in a murky survival mode, unable to escape from it.
The Zombie rushes with greed to the slightest available help but everything he gets sinks into a dark and deep swamp of self-destruction. As a result he is likely to drag his loved ones into his infernal spiral, especially his children, his family or his friends.
The Werewolf is usually human but when the moon is full at night he turns into a wolf. Overwhelming with destructive rage, he shreds everything he finds on his way, whether it is human or animal. In the morning he turns back into human and remembers nothing.
We can make a parallel with people who live a quite ordinary life but end up to be violent in specific situations. Such is the case for perverse manipulators, rapists or serial killers. It is the militant, the activist, the ideologue, the believer who assaults or kill to convince others that his cause is right. Generally speaking it is the nice neighbour, good family man, best friend, cool fellow worker, dedicated volunteer who will slip into destructive fury because of a temporary emotional state.
The Werewolf is blinded by passion. He is a part-time predator who decimates his own species. He can see himself as a misunderstood person of good faith, a martyr whose non-standard intentions are unfairly denigrated by a too inflexible world.
The Vampire was once human and alive. He is now dead and fitted with a few supernatural powers, including eternal life among others. He cannot stand daylight anymore. He leaves his grave at night to drink human blood. He lives in a nearly family clan where alliances are infected by plots and betrayals.
We can make a parallel with vultarks who are craving for fake power. They sacrifice their whole life to rise higher and higher in society, to hoard riches and powerful relationships, to secure exclusive control over all levers whether they are social, economical, political, financial, religious, media, scientific... As this type of fake poweronly exists within human structures, he needs to exploit people without their knowledge, he needs humans to be slaves to his ambitions, he thus destroys other people's life. He also needs allies to implement his plans. Therefore he establishes networks to spread his tentacular influence as deep as possible into society.
The Vampire is dead because his obsession for power, this insatiable greed doesn't let him live. Even weddings are set to foster his projects. He would like to see himself like a demiurge who owns both animated and inanimated beings. Humans, animals, plants and even minerals are cut from nature to be locked into his unhealthy artificial world. He coldly imposes his deadly law to all creation.
These three types of monsters have similarities and differences two by two.
The Vampire and The Werewolf only live at night. The Zombie is not bounded by time. He can move during both night and day. It reflects reality. People with evil intentions must hide their plans if they don't want to face failure. These people constantly dwell in lies, hypocrisy, forgery. The deprived has nothing to hide for he has no goal.
The Zombie and The Vampire are in a permanent state. The werewolf is human most of the time. He turns into a monster on very specific occasions then turns back into human again. A lifestyle is indeed constant on a daily basis. By contrast no one can be restless round the clock so the raging being goes through explosiv phases. He behave in a completely different way between two episodes. His life is an extreme dotted line.
The Werewolf and the Zombie are driven by subconscious low instincts. The Vampire coldly plans his actions knowingly. Crazy humans destroy what they can reach without necessarily realizing how dramatic their actions are. But the vultark knows exactly what he is doing. He has immoderate ambitions, his selfishness is oversized, he analyses all options in detail then crushes everything that stands in his way willingly, methodically to be the only one to rule.
How to "kill" the monster to let humanity to come back? It depends on the inhuman, each has his weaknesses.
To kill a Zombie we must "cut his head" which means deprogramming the harmful schemes that lock the mind into the trance of dereliction. To overcome the vital lacking, one needs indeed an awakening, insight, awareness, giving up on denial, grieving the loss, putting things on perspective, forgiving without forgetting, letting go, challenging oneself, trying something new... The healing occurs through psychotherapy. If it is not possible then the decay naturally goes on, the Zombie disappears in the end for neglecting oneself proves to be fatal in the long term.
To kill a Werewolf we must "pierce him with a silver weapon". Silver is a bactericide metal. The unhealthy germs inside of him have to be destroyed. He needs emotional hygiene. Learning to control his expression, especially anger. Learning not to surrender to his impulses by channelling the excess of energy for instance. Learning to involve his mind when he is overwhelmed, so as to let reason assess the relevance or harmfulness of the intended actions. Therapies and psycho-body practices are useful for such cases.
Killing a Vampire is more complicated. His inhumanity arises from elaborated calculation therefore he settles carefully his immunity. It is thus hard to reach him.
- The Vampire is allergic to garlic which is an antifungal. Fungus organise through sophisticated networks thanks to their mycelium. As a matter of fact attacking the network of contact of a vultark is likely to impede his expansion. They must build hidden "bonds of friendship" to unfold their plans. Without network they are nothing and their dreams of greatness are mere unreal fantasies.
- The Vampire is burnt by the sun. As matter of fact when the light of truth reveals their misconduct to the eyes of the public in shock, they are struck with total panic. Their empires may collapse if no one wants to participate into their implementation anymore. They fear whistleblowers and investigative journalists. They spend fortunes into communication, justice and corruption to hide their activities in the darkness of secret.
- A wooden stick spiked into the heart kills the Vampire. As a matter of fact raw, deep, natural emotions can shatter these men who are obsessed with absolute control. They know by heart the mechanics and functioning of the mind therefore they are fatally disrupted by powerlessness in face of the unpredictable vagaries of the heart. Many men in history have fallen into degradation after coming across the path of a clever courtesan.
Of course there is no reason to assume that all deprived, all activists and all powerful people are inhuman. These allegories only stand for those who are so alienated by their logic that they end up destroying themselves, destroying their own species or destroying the world.
There are three types of monsters in theory but the boundaries are not actually as clear as that. Some blur personalities can result from a blend of these various inhumanities.
Identifying Zombies, Werewolves and Vampires in societies gives clues to try to grasp this type of persons. We can find out that behaviours which look irrational finally make sense. We can spot their forces and weaknesses. We can run far away from them without any shame or regret when we see no healthy way out to problematic situations.