Enjoy Life! Not Zombies!
For several years, I have been faced with a few matters that cause me a shiver. The shiver is due to my lack of knowledge on the subject and to the focus that some have on the topic. This topic is the zombie apocalyptic scenario. Popular culture does many things to enhance the mindset on the matter through movies and games. It is even to the point when some see the beginnings of it in the action of crazy people under an overpass. I was even shocked to hear that a few city governments have begun practicing zombie apocalypse preparedness drills. I don’t discount the idea of preparing for all emergencies, but I hesitate to idly sit back and wait for inner fears become reality.
The mind of a people can easily buy into the hysteria of an idea or event becoming real. It is to the point that it can become reality if enough believe it. I am more frightened by those that believe this can happen than the actual event occurring. Fear and superstition have caused some of the greatest catastrophes in our history. The Black Plague was allowed to flourish because of fear and superstition over cats, which could have killed the rats that carried the fleas that passed the disease to humans. Even in the modern times, we are still a susceptible group.
I am not saying that zombies are impossible. I do believe that all life can be altered and the human mind could be overwhelmed by a disease that induces such a state. My desire is to simply remind that hype and hysteria have a way of paving the road to these disasters. One might even begin to believe that they are a zombie in the same way that people claim to be vampires. The psychology of the matter can be related to other examples, but we should never allow this to make us board up the windows and start seeing things that are not there.
As a nerd, I have many friends that are into the appreciation of zombie genre. They have movies, books, and games. I have listened to them speak of their hypothetical preparedness drill. It is entertaining to hear the vivid details as people attempt to avoid all contact with the creatures and have a large cache of weapons for defense. I often laugh and shake my head. I don’t enjoy the genre and never will, but these friends are entertaining.
I am reminded of a quote from Wil Wheaton on a webshow called 4-Points. His plan, which mimics my own, is if the event happens, he will simply fling himself into the middle of them rather than wait the inevitable. A bit nihilistic, but he touches on a good point. The struggles of the human mind can achieve great things for the world, but against the overwhelming decision of Nature, there is no winning against it.
Or it could be that the possibilities of a zombie apocalypse are nil and we should focus our energies on the constructive ways of life. There is little gain from planning the end of the world. Embrace what you have and make the world better.