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  •  people are scared because they exist. .. (24+ / 0-)

    And don't know why. Most other issues stem from that.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 04:42:32 PM PST

    •  Hwæt! We Gardena n/t (5+ / 0-)

      “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

      by se portland on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 05:28:16 PM PST

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    •  That's the silliest damn thing i ever read (4+ / 0-)
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      People are frightened because they know they are mortal, and being able to understand that we are mortal means we recognize that some day we are going to die, and dying means some day we are going to face the likelihood that we are just going to be gone and forgotten, all of our amazing thoughts and feelings gone in a puff of smoke like a bunny in a magician's hand. Hence religion, hence the desire for fame, hence in a lot of cases, propagation.

      And the reason we exist is because the cosmos stumbled stupidly along until it found the right combination of molecules that enabled it to look back on itself.

      And as I sit here looking at the trees and flowers booming back to life I realize that's a beautiful thing. A shame we had to waste it.

      Oh, and as for zombie apocalypse, I think it's just the collective manifestation of our recognizing that we fucked up in a way that's bigger than ourselves and are doomed, yet we like to hold on to the possibility and hope that we still have a fighting chance. Perhaps even that we are subconsciously gearing ourselves up for becoming brutal survivalists. As if those people we'll need to kill for that last scrap of food is just a "zombie".

      IMHO


      "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

      by Pescadero Bill on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:16:00 AM PST

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      •  That's your take (5+ / 0-)

        And I can see why you think that way. But it still comes down to death. Zombies are just creeping death and we are just moving fast enough to avoid it without falling into the nearest ditch. And it's cute that you think the earth is going to catastrophically change while you exist. Carlin has a great rant about this topic...

        And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. I’m tired of this shit. I’m tired of f-ing Earth Day. I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

        The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are!

        We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas.

        The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

        Plastic… asshole.
        George Carlin

        I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

        by jbou on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 01:00:39 PM PST

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    •  People in the US need to escape from life's stress (2+ / 0-)
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      It isn't just zombies, but also vampires, witches, and super-heroes.  Even the cop shows feature characters with extraordinary talents.  We gravitate to the supernatural because we feel that mere humans are powerless in US society.

      Zombies are great for escape.  While they're scarey, they are easily destroyed.  Since they're not really human and have no redeeming virtues, we can project ourselves into the story and guiltlessly destroy these bogey men.  This is the same kind of release people get from video games, or the old movies that always ended with the bad guy paying for his crimes.

    •  proglegs is so hot (0+ / 0-)

      his words sizzle off the page.

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