Guest author: M. C. Tuggle – It’s Not A Human!

Photo: Sue Vincent

One of my concerns as a parent and observer in the early 21st century is the anti-human climate we’re creating for ourselves and our posterity. It’s also a theme that drives much of my fiction. A recent article in the Independent Online reveals this is a concern to many others as well. As the article noted: “The modern world is radically at odds with the way human senses have evolved, helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed, scientists have warned.”

We live and work in artificial light, cut off from fresh air and a dynamic natural environment. We stuff ourselves with industrial food, then, instead of communing with friends and family, we slump in front of the television for hours of mindless distraction.No wonder we’re sick, physically and spiritually. Charlene Spretnak, a prolific and insightful writer on ecology, while attending a lecture on animals caged in zoos, heard one speaker conclude that a bear that’s not in the wild may still be a form of mammalian life, but isn’t really a bear. This evoked a painful but enlightening realization:

It’s not a bear.

It’s not a human if its felt connections with the unfolding story of the bioregion, the Earth community, and the cosmos are atrophied, denied, and replaced. It’s not a human if it can no longer experience awe and wonder at the beauty and mystery of life, seeing nothing but resources and restraints. It’s not a human if it is socialized to be oblivious to the unity of life, so lonely that it is vulnerable to all compensatory snares. Resurgence of the Real, p. 129

We’re living in a world that’s been reconstructed to cater to endless consumption and personal gratification. Little wonder we’ve turned into selfish, isolated consumers rather than engaged and informed citizens.

The good news is that the artificial constraints that hold and misshape us are self-made cages we can break out of anytime we choose. Nature’s power and beauty cannot be taken from us; we have only blinded ourselves to them. The healing comforts of regenerative nature are never out of reach. As John O’Donohue has observed, “The dawn goes up and the twilight comes even in the roughest inner-city place. And I think that connecting to the elemental can be a way of coming into rhythm with the universe that’s there.”

Photo: Sue Vincent

Literature can serve as a bridge to that realization. Not only does it teach us to empathize with the emotions and pain of others, it can remind us of enduring but forgotten truths. In my latest novella, The Genie Hunt, attorney Buddy Vuncannon must defend his friend Coot Pickard when eyewitnesses claim Coot is behind a series of robberies. The Genie Hunt blends in action, twists, and comic adventure as Buddy and Coot endure mutual distrust, self-doubt, and real danger. But old loyalties in a small town run deep, inspiring strength and mutual respect.

In the present-day toxic political and social environment we’re in, it’s good to know we can still summon up those qualities that make us human.

 The Genie Hunt is now available on Amazon.
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About the author

M.C. Tuggle is a native North Carolinian whose ancestors arrived in the South in 1647. He majored in history and English, and completed his M.A. in English at Wake Forest University on a Wake Forest fellowship.

M.C. Tuggle’s fantasy, science fiction, and literary stories have been featured in Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Mystic Signals, Fabula Argentea, and Fiction 365. Novel Fox published his novella Aztec Midnight in December, 2014.

Books by M. C. Tuggle Available via Amazon.

The Genie Hunt

Buddy Vuncannon, an attorney in High Point, North Carolina, and his friend Coot Pickard are heading out of town for a fishing weekend when they’re surrounded by a SWAT team. Three eyewitnesses have identified Coot as the gun man in the latest of a string of robberies. To defend Coot, Buddy must stand up to a bullying district attorney, uncover the identity of the real robbers, and battle a powerful genie who serves the robbers. Buddy’s investigation implicates an old friend, reigniting long-forgotten friction between Buddy and Coot. Old and new loyalties clash, leading Buddy and Coot to a desperate chase that forces them to seek the help of a madman they both fear.

Aztec Midnight

When drug cartels begin vandalizing ancient Aztec sites throughout Mexico in search of the sacred obsidian knife of Aztec emperor Ahuitzotl, the Mexican government reaches out to the U.S. State Department for assistance. Dr. Jon Barrett, an archaeologist and pre-Columbian weapons expert, then journeys to Cuernavaca with his wife Susanna at the request of Eric Winwood, a high-ranking State Department official, to find and rescue the knife before the cartels can claim it. Locating the knife proves more challenging and dangerous than Dr. Barrett anticipated, and he and Susanna soon find themselves at the center of the cartels’ search. For Dr. Barrett and his wife to survive, he will be forced to apply his knowledge of ancient weapons in the face of an ancient power he never imagined.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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11 Responses to Guest author: M. C. Tuggle – It’s Not A Human!

  1. A very important and necessary post! Thank you for sharing M. C. Tuggle’s writing and books. 🙂

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  2. This is a most excellent post!

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  3. Fascinating guest post, Mike. I connected with the fact that a bear, removed from its natural environment and lifestyle is no longer a bear. Of course, that would apply to humans as well. For all it’s advantages, technology disconnects us from our host, our home – the Earth that actually sustains us. Disconnected to the degree that we somehow believe a healthy planet is no longer necessary. You’re right that in many ways literature can reconnect us with what it is to be human. 🙂

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    • Mike says:

      Not only alienated from nature, but from each other. We’re social beings who’ve let ourselves be convinced we’re sovereign individuals. I think that’s why we’re seeing the current distressing levels of depression and suicide, as well as growing coarseness of manners.

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  4. Mary Smith says:

    Thought provoking post. I’ll be thinking about It’s not a bear and It’s not human for some time.
    The novellas sound intriguing.

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  5. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Check out this post from guest author, M.C. Tuggle, from Sue Vincent’s blog

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  6. Pingback: The Resurgence of the Real | M.C. Tuggle, Writer

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