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  •  I would imagine Noam has different things (0+ / 0-)

    on his mind than zombies, based on his answer. Here's my take on why zombies are an interesting cultural commentary:

    What do zombies represent, really? Mindless, never-ending, undying consumption. I consider zombies to be a social commentary on how humans behave, at a basic, primal level. We are always consuming. Right now, you're consuming information in the form of my opinion on zombies, which you are able to digest. Whether or not it is just expelled as so much "mental fecal matter" is up to you. If you like my initial idea, keep reading:

    Zombies as an idea is a pretty profound thing. They don't attack each other, even when they bump into each other, showing the cohesion of the species united toward one purpose: exterminate all animal life, especially human life, because humans make much more noise than most other animals, and because humans have a much larger stake in overcoming zombies rather than just running from them as other animals would do. Whether things eaten by zombies become zombies themselves or are fully consumed is irrelevant, because the ultimate goal is the same: death and entropy over life and order. Why does it take a bullet to the brain to kill a zombie when everything in a zombie is dead, including the brain? This is tied to the human condition, also. Where do ideas live and die? How much brain power does it take to want to eat? If our offspring are any indication, very little to none: rooting and suckling are two of our "built-in features." Without higher cognitive functions, we can't truly call ourselves human in much more than appearance.

    Sure, there's a fear component there. Sure, there's a desire for us to overcome threats and obstacles, but zombies are a bit more than that. They are a social and economic conversation that we are only just starting to delve into with any real seriousness, largely because we've done such a bang up job of messing with our climate and pillaging Earth's resources.

    That's what I feel zombies represent: the sublimation of  everything to our basic, primal need to keep consuming at any cost and to wound or kill anything that gets in the way of that.

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