The Fear of Zombies
I have in the past attempted to explore what, if anything, it is that draws us as the living to this morbid yet almost symbiotic love of all things zombie. It has always fascinated me to my very core that people are so preoccupied with the topic that it has grown into one of the largest film and TV enigmas to date as well as become a hot topic for those who write novels to benefit and profit from. The zombie is as pop culture as Milie Cyrus, though much less controversial and appalling.
Why then is it that we have taken to the zombie with such vigor and such praise when we should be running the other way screaming. In this text I will not focus to in depth on the typical zombie fan. You know the guy or girl. They have the decals on their cars, stacks of zombie B flicks and of course the classic t-shirt depicting the zombie. Instead in this text I will talk about the fan who goes just a few steps above the traditional aspect and gets to the point of no return. These fans soon find themselves no longer living through films and books the elusive world of the undead but start to fixate that that world is the real one and one day we too, as the living, will meet with the hordes of the undead, ever ready for brains and warm flesh.
These are what some call zombie preppers while others simply call them freaks. They believe that one day zombies will exist if they have not already existed in some form or fashion and that the revelation of this macabre existence will change everything. I want to first address an issue with myself personally. I am not a zombie prepper persay but I do feel that one day an epidemic of zombie type proportions will face humanity. I am not saying it will be the dead returning to life but I do feel that similar events may happen.
Zombie Science is a real thing
Zombies in Science
The evolution of life sustaining technology has come such a long way that we now know we can resuscitate a human being minutes after they have been declared dead. This means we have the power to pull a person from death's cold boney hands with much greater ease than we have ever had the capacity to do before. Where does the zombie fall into this? Simply put what happens as we extend the range in which we can bring back a dead person?
Who is to say after so long that being dead the thing that made us who we are, the personality, or even soul if you will has already passed away and what we bring back may simply be a body acting on primal impulses and basic needs. The basic need being to feed and survive.
In the event this is the result maybe one day we will simply pull a shell back from death while all that was living inside has gone on. This sounds like a tragic and truthfully depressing way to look at medical science but at the same time the concept has been explored before. The human body in it's most basic element is a precision machine capable of much amazement but this amazement is all controlled by the center of our operation, or as we know it the brain. Sadly upon death the brain begins to deteriorate and lose it's most vital functions. Memories delete and motor skills suffer in major ways.
That being said what if our personality were suffering with our motor skills and our abilities decreasing with each passing minute. Than without warning we are jolted back into the living, only now those vital factors are gone and all that remains are our primal instincts. It is a scary thought.
Many years ago scientist in Russia were experimenting on dogs as a means to possibly transfer one brain from a body into another body. They would intentionally decapitate dogs and then test to see just how long they could keep the head alive. This work would be viewed in many ways by many people.
Some saw it as barbaric and cruel while others felt it would create a whole new means of existence for those whose bodies could no longer function.
In the long run the medical world would prove less than ready and the science behind this dog extension would fade into obscurity. Of course we as zombie fanatics know that someone somewhere is probably still carrying on this elusive work and most of us find ourselves questioning just how far as it gone under the less auspicious eyes that once governed the work. It may be possible that somewhere a human as filled in for the dog and maybe just maybe we have people walking around with bodies that do not belong to them.
It seems like a page out of a science fiction novel but it does fit the bill for a lot of medical research over the last few decades. Of course this is not typical to zombies but if the body can reject a medicine or an organ upon transplant we can also assume that a brain may in fact reject a body. This would mean the brain would fight to rid itself of the body and it may be safe to assume that this means aggressive behavior and even sickness as the brain struggles against it's host. That is where our zombies come into play.
We are all familiar with the potential zombie outbreak that was brought on as a result of a very potent drug that would become known to the general public as bath salts. The drug prompted several individuals under it's influence to attack people at random. The attacks were not typical when investigated as many of the cases included flesh being bitten and devoured from the victims of the attacks.
The bath salts also seemed to give the attackers great power. One attacker had to be shot several times before he would stop eating the face of a man he had attacked. The bath salt days seem to be behind us but I can not help but to question what other drugs and medicinal options out there could share the same attributes.
Looking at it from a military perspective. An army of super strong soldiers who actually attack and dismember their enemies seems like a legit case for serious intimidation! Our military could use persons under the care of prisons and those who are in dire need of medicines as Guinea pigs and in the long run develop an army of these "zombies" who march into battle prone to absorb massive amounts of damage and with a rage that can only be subsided by devouring those who come before them.
If you factor in some way of making the disease transmutable by bite than you basically see an army of 100 transforming it's numbers over and over again. The enemy loses soldiers and we gain them. Once the battle ends you go in and eliminate the zombies the traditional way and noone really seems to care because they were the unwanted to begin with. Again this is tragic and heartless but at what lengths military will go to secure a victory has been much greater than this in the past.
Zombie Survival 101
As consumers we are in many ways a direct living corespondent to the dead zombie. We buy things we do not need simply because the TV ad tells us we should. I often question how long until the life we have created for ourselves starts to breed mindless zombies. People who simply are because they are told they have to be. People who vote a certain way simply because they are told to. Buy products on the same scale and even avoid contact with others because they feel they have to.
Sure at first this seems to fall way out of the range of the typical zombie who posses a major threat but let's really look at this.
If a person is so easily convinced to buy a product or support a person than how much more difficult would it really be to sway that person into acting violently against another human being? It really would not be. Control is created through this full forced consumerism and that control can extend into a much more tactful approach when the time is right. Think of it as brainwashing that people are literally allowing themselves to be a part of.
We buy shoes that cost as much as a month's worth of food when we know that we are merely paying for a symbol on the side of the shoe. We buy jewelry that cost several pay checks and we really don't have the slightest clue why we do so, do we? We have grown into a nation, if not a world that depends on advertisements to tell us what we need and do not need as well as where we stand on political issues and judgement calls that should hold more merit in how we act or react. We are the very epitaph of the zombie in the way we have become mindless and do as we think we should without ever questioning if it is the right way to think at all.