Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Zombie Apocalypse?

Zombies are a huge draw.  Everyone (specifically in the US) is interested in them... well, interested in surviving them.  We have people prepping for a zombie apocalypse in the ole' US of A even as I write this.  Readying themselves for the possibility that society will collapse under a horde of the undead.  A world where strength of arms is more important than words.  A world where a big gun and lots of ammo is what determines the winner, not brains (which zombies are drawn to more than a bag of oatmeal raisin cookies).

Why am I bringing this up?  Partly because I think Americans tend to be the most ill-informed people of all the world powers.  We favor strength over intelligence.  We have the biggest military and the most guns of any populace (mostly in the hands of gun nuts).  The other part is Fear.  I think American's have a strong love affair with fear.  We, as a nation, can't let go of it.  If we didn't love to be fearful, we wouldn't spend so much money creating enemies to be afraid of, now would we?

Movies and books created by artists fill our minds with fear because we love it and it sells.  Fear is also an emotion we all can relate to, so it's pretty easy to express that through the written word and visually.  I don't want to feed into a system that promotes fear and stupidity.  It's just not worth it to me right now, spiritually that is.  By the way, the best media about zombies isn't about zombies at all.  It's about the human spirit and the human collective.  Working together for the common good in the face of overwhelming odds.  That's the lesson we should push, not one of desperate survival where it's a dog eat dog world... not very different from the society many in America want to create.