Zombies are REAL!
They exist, and they are EVERYWHERE.
SCARY RIGHT? (I peed a little writing this).
They’ve been here for a while now–somehow we missed the signs.
“Hide your kids, hide your wife!”
Don’t worry though… by the end of this post you’ll be able to identify what a real zombie looks like, so you can defend yourself and avoid becoming one.
Lets get started!
What is a Zombie?
The dictionary describes a zombie as
- a person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgement.
But what does that even mean?
Let’s break it down.
A zombie is:
- A person. This could be anyone and everyone–you or me.
- One whom appears to be, LIFELESS. Deprived of vitality, joy, and all the wonderful things our planet provides.
- Apathetic. Showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
- Lacking in Independent judgement. Freeing yourself from the influences of others/making decisions on what is right or wrong on your own.
I can think of 101 things I’ve been too afraid to do or try in my life. Consumed by false fears that deprived me of living fully.
I’ve also been guilty of not being fully AWARE of myself, and my surroundings. I was going through the motions of life, without ever questioning, seeking, or asking WHY…
“Why do I do what I do?”
I deprived myself of all the beauty in the world that makes life worth while. You see, I felt dead inside, I wasn’t really alive.
(see the connection to the zombie theme now?)
I Was Lifeless.
We often take things for granted. Electricity, clean water, mangos. We rarely show enthusiasm or interest towards much around us these days…
When is the last time you were in the shower and said,
“OH MY GOD! HAVE YOU FELT THIS WARM WATER!?
THIS IS FREAKIN’ AMAZZZZING! HOW’D THEY DO THIS!?
I’M CALLING THE SHOWER COMPANY (OR WHOEVER INVENTED THIS THING) RIGHT NOW TO THANK THEM. I’M GOING TO GIVE THEM JEWELS AND GIFTS FOR SUCH A MARVEL.
THIS IS SOOO NICE! I’M SOOOO GRATEFUL! AND ON TOP OF THIS WARMTH, I’M ALIVE TOO! IT JUST DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS!!!”
“OMG LOOK HOW CLEAN THIS WATER IS!? LOOK, NO FLOATIES!”
I hate floaties.
I Was Apathetic.
The enthusiasm we feel when we get something new and shiny–like my sexy new iPhone, usually fades away within a few weeks, months, or years.
It’s kind of scary when you really think about it. How little we appreciate things, how fast we lose interest in them.
By not appreciating the little things we become a little numb to the wonders around us. This is what it means to NOT BE FULLY ALIVE. When it gets to this point, it’s a red flag–Zombie-ism!
And what about our concern for others?
This is a big one!
We get so self absorbed sometimes that we become blind to the pain and suffering taking place in other parts of the world (eg. Los Angeles).
This general lack of concern for others is a sure sign that Zombies do exist… and they are EVERYWHERE!
Lacking Independent Judgement.
Do we seriously decide anything on our own these days? Rarely.
It seems to me that most of our decisions are derived from other peoples thoughts or opinions. We follow traditions and rituals handed down from generations, instilled in our minds by our parents, schools, friends, colleagues, and pretty much anyone and everyone that is not us.
A great example of this lack of independent judgement is alcohol consumption. It’s counter productive to the natural flow and evolution of life (growth and progress), yet we do it anyways.
We see others doing it (friends, people we care about, artists, etc.) so it must be right, right?
If we independently researched (without the influence of others) the true effects of alcohol on our mind, body, and spirit, we would avoid it like the plague.
Alcohol consumption is just another tradition we blindly follow for no specific reason. It also accelerates Zombie like behavior in humans (refer to picture at the beginning of this post again if you don’t believe me).
Zombies do exist. And they want your BRAAAAAINS!
They want your braaaains. Don’t let ‘em have it. Don’t give up hope!
Now my friend, you are equipped with the knowledge to protect yourself and your loved ones from Zombie-like behaviour. Stop it before it spreads.
By being aware of all of the above zombie-traits, we can overcome and grow out of Zombie-ism.