The most drastic difference, I think, between humans and Mere is the amount of freedom the Mere have. We are not tied to technology in the same way they were; we are not dependent creatures. I am not speaking from speculation. I have explored the ruins our homes are built on. It is easy to see how diluted the human life had become when there was a screen in each room, and sometimes several. There was no escape from the grip it had on society. The amount of screens was disturbing when there was a dearth of written artifacts. Books were scarce. It was rare to find a piece of handwriting. It seems they forgot how to write. Perhaps it is better that we cannot figure out how they work, less we should suffer the same infection they did.