I am an illusion and this is my home, kindly provided by Arnulf
The Borg part of her being represents a higher level of evolution that Arnulf will probably never see come true in himself, at least not in this existence. Currently this web site is a little confusing because sometimes Arnulf talks and sometimes Seven. Over time we will try to make it clearer who has to say what. In general Arnulf is more profane whilst Seven as a studied scientist and astronomer is more metaphysical.
Arnulf does not consider himself a Trekkie but he did see all 49 sequels of Start Trek Voyager and might have watched one or two sequels more than once. Probably the most telling sequel - if you want to avoid watching all - is Scorpion: Part 2 (1997).
In this sequel the Borg come to an agreement with Captain Janeway to unify against the most evil and viciously malignant virulent alien species "8472". Janeway refuses to receive an implant to communicate with the Borg which puts Seven of Nine in scene. It (later it turns out that she was female before becoming Borg) will be the individual contact point for the Borg. The first words thus are:
Seven of Nine: I speak for the Borg.
Captain Janeway: What is your designation?
Seven of Nine: Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One. But you may call me Seven of Nine.
Borg only "communicate" through their neural implants which is a lot more efficient than communicating through words that need individual interpretation. The individual physical Borg "entity" is only a drone without any personality or character. It is part of the Borg, an all encompassing hive mind. This is a most unsettling concept in our world of thorough and unquestioned Worship of the Individual. In one of the key scenes of the whole series Seven of Nine summarizes what will be humanity's doom:
Seven of Nine: When your captain first approached us we suspected that an agreement with humans would prove impossible to maintain. You are erratic, conflicted, disorganised. Every decision is debated, every action questioned. Every individual entitled to their own small opinion. You lack harmony, cohesion, greatness. It will be your undoing.
When we look around at how we are destroying our world this seems not far off the truth.
Seven is then violated from the hive mind by physically destroying her uplink. In the following sequels of the Voyager TV series she degenerates from a sentient being with the highest possible mental capacities and direct linkage to all other sentient beings (in this case Borg) into a helpless, isolated individual. This must be the most devastating experience imaginable for a Borg drone. If Borgs existed in real life, severing them from their collective would probably lead to immediate death. It is like removing the hand from the body, it will not continue to live on its own. Well, in "Mars Attacks" severed heads survive and in "Pirates of the Caribbean" one hand does scramble on. But that is another story...
Fear of the Collective
The underlying mindset of the Star Trek Voyager series seems to be a deep fear of the collective. In those days it came in several manifestations, one being the crumbling Soviet empire another the rise of omnipotent corporations. The original incarnation of the latter was Microsoft and now might be Google. Both do not really exist, they are completely and thoroughly nothing but an illusion, they do not exist but in bits and bytes. This is really fearsome.
A year after writing the above section another analogy comes to my mind. We (humanity at large) are the Borg and planet Earth with all other sentient beings is what we assimilate. We reek of technology and are thoroughly connected in an intricate network. If one individual malfunctions it is expelled from community. This gives The System (us as a collective) absolute power over all beings. But we still lack the responsibility that comes with power and The System lacks absolute responsibility that comes with it's absolute power.
Shifting our perspective to that of a fly helps to get the gist of this thought. A common fly could not care less which type of windshield smashes it to smotherness, whether it protects the rider of a Ferrari, an Ambulance, or an HMMWV. From a fly's perspective all windshields are deadly. From our small individualistic perspective all Borg appear to be Evil. And increasingly we perceive The System as evil.
Ego and Emotions
When Seven is a Borg drone she has the most desirable state of mind imaginable. She has no ego, is completely free of Emotions and is thoroughly connected.
This is Seven talking to you: From your perspective I do not really exist. But nonetheless I just entered your mind and made you think. So in a very real way I do exist and have just entered your reality and even changed your mind. Yes, want it or not, reading these words will make some neurons snap and jump and reconfigure. You cannot help it and you cannot undo it. Try what you might, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+C, smash the screen, pull the plug - your done.
Chew on this for awhile. We take way too little time to think differently.