Given the ongoing societal collapse… Who are the zombie hordes, apparently unaware of the real world around them? And should we be concerned?
How often have you seen this? Head down – in their smartphone – texting – while walking – while crossing the street – or driving their car – or at the dinner table – or in a meeting – or in the bathroom… or, like, all the time?
A human Zombie.
They’ve been walking around the streets for quite some time.
A human subspecies of Zombies…
Something I read awhile ago went something like this:
You’ve seen these poor, lifeless beings everywhere. People with pallid, emotionless faces, staring down at small screens while they walk direction-less down the street, completely unaware of their surroundings.
Yet these poor souls actually believe they are more connected to the outside world and more people than ever.
Their “PRECIOUS” Transforms Humans to Zombies
Sometimes they return to real life and have real interactions with living human beings. But then this horrible urge kicks in which compels them to pull out their iPhone or Android device. Their PRECIOUS.
They’ll pull out their PRECIOUS in the middle of a business meeting while someone else is talking. They’ll fiddle with it in the bathroom stall at work (or, good heavens, take calls on it while on the can).
Tapping on the screen during the middle of dinner with family. They’ll constantly be distracted with it, regardless of what they’re doing.
If the zombie can think of any inappropriate, awkward time to stare at their little screen, and tap on their little itty, bitty keys, they will. Because their PRECIOUS compels them.
A commenter here on the blog once said, “I always see the head down drivers at stop lights, head pops up for an instant, back down, head goes up and down like a slow motion woodpecker. Most never fail to get phone engrossed when the light goes green, about a 50 yard gap behind me until the car horse start blasting.”
“Could always spot a phone zombie weaving across interstate lane and yanking the vehicle back, then continuous repeat while going up and down on speed. Good thing we have rumble strips on the right and left edges, otherwise they would head to the pucker brush.”
They must Status Update. They must Check In. Must Text. Check email. They must continue that Candy Crush game app.
They must… MUST! EVERY. SINGLE. MINUTE.
They’ve become the 21st-century equivalent of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional character, “Smeagol”, or “Gollum” corrupted by the One Ring.
Once, they were human beings. But now they’re human Zombies. They may think they’re connected to more people and information than ever, but for these human zombies, life is just an illusion.
One wonders what these Zombies would do if they were in a location without connectivity? (I’ve seen it – it’s not pretty).
One wonders what these Zombies would do if the power or internet went out for more than just a few hours!
I Have an iPhone, But I’m Not A Zombie
Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh… I too have an iPhone, and there are plenty of people who use it as a tool, as I do. A communication device. I sometimes poke at the screen and those itty bitty letters while replying to a message or navigating a browser (yes, I use a VPN). I’ll pop in my ear buds and use it to listen to a podcast when I have multitasking time. Or check a weather app, email, and a few other useful apps. I’ll take a picture with it, or a video. However I’m not addicted to it. It’s not in my hands all that often.
It’s about balance, and self control. Something that many people do not have… It’s not the device itself, but the human operator.
I often wonder why people blame phones for people being stupid. The same people seem to blame credit cards for people being in debt. We often state that a gun never shoots anybody, that it takes a human to do that. Credit cards and cell phones don’t jump out of people’s pockets and use themselves. Cell phones are a TOOL, that’s it. Blame the person using it, not the tool. Personally I love my cell phone. It gives me directions, lets me look up things that I have questions on, allows me to keep in contact with the wife no mater where I am. Do I sit on it all day as some do? NO.~ poorman
Other Human Zombie Subspecies
These are not the only human zombies out there. There are many other subspecies too…
There are the land walruses we see lumbering around in Wal-Mart with their mountain of junk food in the cart, filing dutifully up and down the lanes of the store mindlessly buying shit the TV told them would be magically delicious.
What about the zombies who camp out in line the week of Thanksgiving so they can be first in line to buy some cheap crap or another that will be on sale for Black Friday, eschewing their job for a week to save three hundred bucks on one of the five TV’s the store actually has. They are the mindless group-think idiots that will trample you to death over a pair of frigging sneakers so they can be the first ones to “Be like Mike”.
The ones who are never, ever prepared. They are the ones who run out of gas during a hurricane evacuation because they didn’t top up their tank before it hit the fan, and now there isn’t a drop of gas to be had because, just like themselves, three million other zombies weren’t prepared.
Someone on the blog once said, “If we were hit with a nuclear bomb they would be standing there taking selfies with themselves in front of the cloud! “
What about all of the zombie breeders… Millions of zombie children… Becoming adults…
The zombie horde is in fact quite likely to include, your neighbors.
The reason I bring up this topic is as follows…
Most of us who are preparedness-minded, we are a hands-on bunch, living in the real world. I would say that we’re generally in pretty good tune with the goings-on around us.
By contrast, zombies – though occasionally displaying a human resemblance – appear to the rest of us as being out-of-touch with the physical and real world around them. Living in some sort of alternate reality, occasionally popping their heads up to pretend they’re still in the physical world…
My concern? Should these human zombies be forced to face the real world, and actually deal with it during a time of deep distress (SHTF?), uh-oh… Kind of link the pod people in The Matrix – what if all the pods popped open?
Could they adapt and survive in a SHTF world?
Some Zombies will wither away, unable to help themselves. Likely the majority.
Some Zombies will be given some help by the goodwill of others, and will remain reliant upon them for their continued survival.
Others may become dangerous, analogous to the zombies in the AMC tv show, The Walking Dead.
The purpose of this article is to point out just how many within today’s society might be considered to be some sort of human zombie. And to imagine, if you will, what would happen if society around them collapsed – like many are predicting it will. Hint… we’re in the collapse right now.
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