5 Reasons the Zombie Apocalypse is the Prevailing Metaphor for Our Times

Myth and metaphor play an important role in constructing our culture and creating purpose in our lives.  They are tools that help the subconscious mind to digest the happenings of a world that is too complex for our five senses alone.  The poet uses these tools to arouse you. The screenwriter uses them to amuse you.

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Original article by Dylan Charles

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  1. Brilliant article it really stirs up a lot of what I can see is really happening in the world, its scary to see how we are being hypnotised by society and the entertainments.

    You can start to see how these things are causing people to be ever more unconscious to the point were the local government is talking about putting warning signs and lights in the pavements to warn people as to stop them from walking into the traffic while looking down on there phones

  2. This article was put so neatly and really expressed something that has been on my mind for some time now.

    Most look at it simply as ‘entertainment’, but hundred of years ago tales and songs where also mainly used for this, yet they often captured hidden truths and supported high morals, rather than working against it.

    Nowadays myths in the shape of movies, games, music etc. capture mainstream society just like the tales did in the past and I think the article brings those connections very eloquently.

    Thank you!

    • Good point Pavlin, the zombie narrative becomes even more tinged with sadness when you remember that our myths and tales used to reflect a different kind of story.

      This article does really hit it home. Sometimes I realise just how degenerate and unfavorable for spiritual/moral development the world has become. The automaton is easily seen while filing in lines in the underground, staring at mobiles, playing inane games on them to ‘pass the time’, but the herd-like mentality is so ingrained you can start to see it at a more subtle level too, when intelligent people just can’t stray from the paradigm they’ve subscribed to.

      I love the point about people being drugged up. Well, love-hate. It’s incredible to me how it’s assumed now that health is about finding the right pharmaceutical drug and that a lot of people spend their whole lives on a stream of medication.

      It’s a clear analogy, I wonder what the obsession about vampire is about too …

  3. Thanks for the article,

    I have heard that real zombies existed in the past when people would administer drugs that would make the heart beat so softly that it appeared the person had died. They would have a funeral and then at night dig up the person drugged out of the grave and take them home to be their slave. The drug apparently left them docile and easy to order around.

    These days it appears that the authorities are doing everything they can to get drugs into the populace and if this is true it may explain it. They seem hell bent on enslaving every one and if you read some of the old Gospels you can see that none of this is new.

    • I’ve heard stories like that too. Always scared me.

      Sometimes I wonder how I’d feel if I only ate wild things, and drank water from mountain streams. Sometimes I do this, and I feel much better.

  4. It is a very interesting point; asking why some things are very popular? Obviously something in it resonates with our psyche. I think this can both be something that appeals to our consciousness, and, as is unfortunately the case most of the time, to some of the many animalistic emotions and drives within us.

    This article has lots of true points about signs of docility of humanity (sadly.) I can see the ‘automaton’ in myself, and am probably even more mechanical than what I can even see.

    I think for this particular zombie genre another main thing why it appaels is those deep rooted thoughts and emotions related to survival. Being chased as an animal, the fear, the excitement of trying to get away, the comfort of a save place with a few other (female?) survivors, the adrenaline of attacking someone etc.

    Did you ever wonder why hide and seek has its inherent appeal? What the root is of those emotions one can feel when hiding, anxious about getting caught? 🙂

  5. Good points. I hadn’t thought about that analogy

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