So I seem to be having zombies on the brain lately. Maybe it’s cuz of the recent Canary Cry zombie episode, or maybe because my wife and I watched the 2009 flick “Zombieland” the other day when there wasn’t anything else on tv… Zombie movies/shows really aren’t our thing, but the fact that Woody Harrelson was in it made it moderately entertaining, so, there it was, the rare moment we engage in anything zombie-themed, yet it did make me stop and think a little more about this whole pop cultural phenomenon which surprisingly has shown little sign of slowing down, and what it all might really mean…
Do I think the prospect of a true, literal “zombie apocalypse” is super likely? No. Not really. I mean, sure, stranger things have happened, and stranger yet are probably yet to happen, but still, I honestly don’t see the full-on “Dawn of the Dead” scenario taking full global effect as in the movie “World War Z” (which, ok, I confess I saw that one too…) So what is the zombie meme really all about then? Is it just some kind of media reflection of a darker side to our collective psyche, some kind of statement about our suppressed inner desires to unload copious amounts of buckshot into bipedal creatures with no moral repercussions? Is it just about senseless violence and an immature fascination with gore? Does it somehow tie into perpetrating the whole theme of “pandemic” which is fleshing itself out in the context of Ebola right now…? Perhaps…
One thing that really struck me as I reflected on the undercurrent of thought that is prevalent in virtually every zombie piece, is just the basic concept of how “zombification” basically takes people, human beings who were once sacred and valuable creatures, imbued with inherent rights and moral realities, and reduces them to essentially being quasi-human garbage, rendering them essentially useless for anything other than filling a screen-play with a hundred different creative ways of dispatching them.
Now, the question of whether zombies are a “real thing” is certainly an interesting conversation, and I’m not dismissing it, I’m simply finding myself at the point where I can’t help but also wonder, “What if the ‘zombie concept’ is just more of a Hollywood portrayal of a frighteningly real manner in which certain people actually view the world right now…?” What I mean is, we watch these films and shows, and everyone assumes that the “non-zombies” are just representing us, the regular people who haven’t yet been bitten and contracted the “zombie virus”. The assumption always inherent in the perspective of the protagonists in the zombie apocalypse genre, is that it’s come down to a question of outright survival, and surviving is going to mean having to stomach some rather unpleasant sights, sounds and actions. In order for your own brains to not wind up on the dinner plate, you’re going to have to get over your sentimental attachments and pull that trigger when a drooling Aunt Beatrice comes trying to break down your door. If there is one thing that is virtually ubiquitous in all zombie fare, it is the notion that there is no saving these “people”, if in fact you could even call them that anymore. They are indeed now less than people, and more like a horde of roaches that has infested a building, with no remedy other than to terminate every last one of them with extreme prejudice.
Ok. I realize I’m stating the obvious here, but just wait. But the thing I don’t hear anyone asking about yet is this:
What if “zombies” are really just a metaphor for the way we are already regarded by the “elites” right now, as we speak…?
What if the “meme” exists, more than we realize, only without the need for viruses and pandemics, no brain feasting, nor any of the Hollywood make-up showing rotting flesh and moaning undead… What if it’s just a metaphor for the “solution” to be eventually carried out on us? What if we are the “zombies”, in the eyes of certain individuals who sincerely believe they have transcended our mindless existence, and thus the non-stop fascination with the zombie theme is really just a twisted way of getting us to accept this on a subliminal level?
To be honest, I almost find this idea more terrifying than the conventional prospect of a “zombie apocalypse”, yet I must say I also find it much more realistic. How many times, and in how many ways now, have we seen one new meme after another sweep through the media, through entertainment and “news”, and work to somehow convince us all to accept things and ideas which ultimately serve to make us agree to our own societal imprisonment, accept the surveillance of our own citizenry, embrace the poisoning of our food and water, and eventually, ultimately, acquiesce to the perceived need to cull a large percentage of “undesirables” from our midst.
I have to say, ever since I started pondering this whole idea, every time I see anything zombie-related, I just think eugenics, and it gives me the creeps. People today look back at Auschwitz and Buchenwald and shudder at the horror of how millions of people were systematically eradicated, without remorse, and yet we turn around and watch countless movies and tv shows portraying the same thing going on, (only usually on a global scale), and it’s accepted as being simultaneously logical, and entertaining!
The lies of occult-based Nazi Aryanism once convinced the Germans that the Jews were “sub-human”, the scourge that needed to be cleansed from the earth. Perhaps today we should be cognizant of whatever new means of defining a classification of “sub-humans” might arise, or already be arising, as well.