Zombies have a robust history that Wikipedia summarizes well. The other day I was watching a random Zombie movie while catching up on some blog surfing when a thought struck me: Zombies are a caricature of mindless consumerism. We fear them because we recognize their mindless drive to feed in our own mindless need for more stuff. We keep cheering for the zombie slayers because we identify with the heros who fight and survive, even as we inwardly desire to break the cycle of spending, acquiring, and consuming.
Think about zombies the next time you have to watch a television show and can’t fast-forward through the commercials. “MMMMM.”
Count the number of mind-numbing offers that land in your mailbox and inbox on any given day. “UHHHH.”
The next time you go shopping at the mall, have a seat and watch the people shuffling in and out of the stores. Imagine them as zombies. “BRAINS.”