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Zombies... Are They Really That Bad
So a zombie and a dog walk into a hospitol....
Zombies! Despite the fact they eat people and cause mass hysteria resulting in complete collapse of our entire society they are just so cuddly! Society has basically turned the zombie into a marketing masterpiece. Zombie films, zombie TV, and just the other day I saw an 8 year old girl walking through Wal-mart with a zombie plush. Why are these denizens of the dead so appealing to us simple living folks?
I am no stranger to the zombie epidemic, heck I like to think I am a part of it. I have been hooked since I was a wee lad watching Night of the Living Dead and rooting for the "other team". Shows like Walking Dead have re sparked the zombie heart.
I wanted to look at a few reasons we may take such a liking to such a monster. Maybe it is because freedom. I am not talking Toby Kieth American way freedom, but real freedom. We has a society must abide by certain laws and rules. If we fail to comply than we are punished accordingly (in an idea world) to what we have done. The zombie lives, well exist, outside of those sets of rules. They don't conform to anything or anyone. They are not bound by the substantial freedoms we are. They are in truth free in a way we the living can not be,
Maybe it is the fact that zombies are damaged. I am always going to pet stores and I seem to always gravitate to the animals who are hurt. It is like I feel so much pity for them I value them more than the ones who are not flawed. Zombies in a sense are simply flawed humans. Thay are sick. Maybe part of us wants to feel compassion because we fail to see them as a threat to economical development and forward motion but more or less a sickly version of ourselves. Of course in a true zombie apocalypse these people would be called dinner for the undead.
Is the media to blame? I set down with my team of researchers to do a video review of zombie films and despite the fact that was the goal we began discussing human nature and issues involving the psychology of the zombie outbreak as opposed to the dangers. We ourselves became guilty of making the zombie more than a monster.
Why are zombies so popular? Maybe because a vast amount of our society are in their own rites zombies. Thay drift endlessly in search of something to please them or make their lives more complete. They tend to stick with those of their own kind and they also tend to stink.... well some of them do anyways.
I hope this has opened your minds at least enough to keep you from hugging a zombie in hopes that all it needs is some TLC, when it really needs some GBTTH, gun blast to the head. It may look cute and cuddly shambling up the street with grandmas head under it's arm and in the other your Sunday post but it isn't. It will only ever love you for your brains.