Today’s topic was inspired by Stanton Martin, who once took this photo:
Out of all of the scary, scary monsters we have dreamed up over the years, Zombies are the ones who keep popping up.
Resident Evil. 28 Days Later. The Walking Dead. Maybe the reason they are still so popular is because our never ending quest for immortality leads us to ponder what it would be like if things went horribly wrong.
Or it could be because getting eaten by our mindless former friends would be the MOST TERRIFYING THING EVER.
We’ve dumbed down all the other scary, scary monsters. Dracula is overdone. Mel Brooks pretty much ruined any prospect of re-doing the Frankenstein story. Vampires and werewolves have been taken over by pre-teen girls. But reanimated corpses? We still feel like those can happen.
And the reason we feel that way? The idea of the Zombie Plague.
These days, we no longer believe that dead people will come back just to try and eat us. They probably have better things to do than cannibalize.
But science is really scary and could create this. You just KNOW some scientist somewhere is working on a cure to all diseases, but it won’t turn out that way. He’s going to TOTALLY accidentally make a virus that turns people into flesh eating undead.
In no time at all, half the planet is infected. Because one thing that’s obvious in movies is that we, as people, have literally no clue how to prevent or control situations. We are literally never prepared for anything.
Nationwide viruses that kill everyone? The power going out at a theme park full of dinosaurs and no security? New York flooding/freezing over? All of these things would catch us completely off guard.
So why exactly are we so terrified of the threat of a zombie plague? Is it because we don’t like being unprepared? Maybe it really IS just as simple as us not enjoying getting our brains eaten. I think it’s something else, though.
I think that when we look at zombies, we feel as if we’re looking in a mirror.
Zombies, ultimately, remind us so much of ourselves, just on a simpler level. We have our goals. We have our desires. We have our urges. But we have them under control.
Zombies are what we would be like without control. They have one singular focus, one singular urge, and they pursue it with no regards to anything else.
And that terrifies us.
Our fear of zombies is really just a fear of ourselves. It’s not that we’re afraid that we’re going to just up and become a cannibal for no reason. That doesn’t happen as commonly as we assume.
Really, we’re just afraid of being out of control. But in the process, aren’t we just being control freaks? You see, that is the problem we face: walking that fine line between control and eating somebody’s brain.
We could really learn a lesson from Zombies, though. They don’t stress out. If there is something in their way, preventing them from reaching their goals, they don’t freak out. They just stumble around aimlessly doing nothing. That might have been a bad example.
When it comes down to it, in the midst of our busy lives, where we worry about not being in control all the time and often lose sight of our goals, we could probably stand to be more like zombies.
How do you feel about zombies? What theory do you have as to why people get infected so easily? Have we all forgotten how to avoid being bitten by another human being? Leave some feedback!
14 thoughts on “Zombie Plague”
Just like Twilight did with Vampires, Weekend At Bernie 2 (:The Reckoning?) ruined zombies for me. Not scared anymore, next.
Are we about to film a horror movie version of Weekend At Bernie’s, Scott? I feel like this is about to happen.
To be fair, who could have known that Raptors and T Rexs would be so violent if able to emerge from captivity?
EVERYONE knew that? I suppose I was in the minority on that one then.
We were all duped, Knox. We were blinded by our greed.
It’s because we slapped it on a lunchbox and *SLAM* we’re selling it, and we’re selling it.
Thank you for being the first to make a case for learning from zombies to build a better tomorrow. *The More you Know*
If there is anything I have learned from the horde of zombie culture being perpetuated in our society is that man fears itself. Now to something completely different, and that is why I have a zombie plan. It is a comprehensive multistage plan that will be enacted at either the first or second sign of trouble that I actually notice. If I notice anything wrong at all. Long story short, if you are too afraid of zombies and the thought of an apocalyptic plague that reanimated the dead, then move to Alaska. Two words, Corpse Sickle.
My first rule after the Zombie Plague begins is: No Hugging. It provides too easy of access to the neck region.
once again, the americans living in romania have enjoyed the gboat. and once again, the romanians looks confused and want to know what’s wrong with you.
I’m not afraid of zombies. I am, however, terrified of that one Cranberries song.
Yeah man, Linger terrifies me as well.
The real problem with zombies is the method of communicating the sickness. Who says you have to be bitten, it could just be a regular old virus, caught the same way as the flu. Then you get quarantine issues and guns don’t necessarily protect you etc. My ideal apocalypse would be rabies becoming transmittable to humans (exactly like bird flu and swine flu, except cannibal rabies instead). Imagine people acting like rabid animals instead of just falling over dead after 24 hours like we do now if we are given rabies. And don’t forget the fungal infection which currently only zombifies ants. Anyways, my two cents.
I have an irrational fear of Zombies. I can honestly say the undead are the only things I have really had memorable nightmares about. In fact, I’m more scared of them than spiders…and those are real.