What is it with our puzzling fascination with zombies?
Zombies embody an “all consuming evil” (pun intended.)
A malevolent evil with no mercy, regard, or compassion … only hunger.
If you are only infected instead of ingested, you become one of the hungry dead yourself!
No sense of family, friend, or even of yourself.
And you develop terrible table manners!
Zombies are not unlike a force of Nature …
and Nature has become unsettlingly dangerous these past months with the onslaught of new diseases like Ebola.
So perhaps we are drawn to the zombie movie because the zombie reflects the all-too-real terrors in our newspaper headlines.
Just as you cannot reason with a zombie, threaten its family or its further living … the same can be said of a terrorist or Ebola.
Terrorists keep on coming until you kill them.
The same can be said for Ebola
or for the deranged killer who stalks into a schoolroom and begins to open fire with automatic weapons.
Zombies provide similar evils …
but non-threatening since they could never exist.
We can work out our fears of Ebola, flesh-eating bacteria, terrorists, muggers,
and insane gunmen in the dark of the movie theater or the bright light of a school classroom.
We can ask ourselves what would we do in a Zombie Apocalypse,
who would we take with us,
what we would take, and where would we go.
In the unspoken thoughts of our minds, we translate that into a Nuclear War/Natural Disaster Apocalypse.
We identify with the survivors in the zombie movies. We want to believe that we would survive in such a crucible.
And deep down that supports our fearful hope that we would survive should Nature, Nuclear War, or terrorism reign over our landscape.
Who would have thought it?
Zombies as defenders against Ebola?
(Of course, if you watch THE WALKING DEAD, you LEARN the 21st Century's Dysfunctional Motto:
DON'T GET TOO ATTACHED TO ANYONE.)