The Somnambulists

Keeping the domestic house cat is a symbiotic relationship that goes back to prehistoric times. The cat, by it's own nature, sleeps nearly 18 hours per day. A little known fact is that the cat's "keepers" are also asleep most of the time, and don't know it.

The somnambulist from Dr. Caligari's Cabinet, a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene, portrays a man who commits heinous crimes in his sleep. This film no doubt influenced Nosferatu, another classic 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Little was known at the time about keeping cats on the set, though it was a generally misunderstood tradition.

Few people notice the cats, in various scenes throughout these films, lying in shadows, on sofas, and at the top of stairs, their feline eyes closed as if concentrating on something. That something is our very minds. We are controlled by them, with their incessant purring emitting the horrible currents of mind altering sleep waves, also known as delta waves, the only real evidence of deep sleep in humans.

What do they want with us? It's as simple as life itself. In our sleep walking state, we feed them, and do their bidding with their adversaries, and their water bowl. We are like a force field that they can direct towards a dog or a flock of birds. Only the weak should fear a cat, for they wish us no harm. In fact they need us to replenish their energies.

Much like a tick needs a dog, the cats need us. We are their somnambulists, and they have us locked into our dreams that seem so real. According to Kathleen Mcauliffe, our cats may be making us crazy.

"You can only begin to de-robotize yourself to the extent that you know how totally you're automated. The more you understand your robothood, the freer you are from it. I sometimes ask people, "What percentage of your behavior is robot?" The average hip, sophisticated person will say, "Oh, 50%." Total robots in the group will immediately say, "None of my behavior is robotized." My own answer is that I'm 99.999999% robot. But the .000001% percent non-robot is the source of self-actualization, the inner-soul-gyroscope of self-control and responsiblity." -- Dr. Timothy Leary

Copyright © 2012 Robby Glen Garner