Just in case you have been living under a rock, Zombies are all the hotness. The story is not really new, but the popularity of the genre is reaching a critical mass thanks to hits like The Walking Dead.
What strikes me about the trend is the timing.
There seems to be (to me anyway) a solid correlation between the rise of the Zombie/ post-apocalyptic genre and the decline of the national economy.
Let’s explore some common themes.
- The total eradication of modern technology…no more cell phones, TV or gadgets.
- A return to living off of the land and the need for physical labor.
- Simplified focus and interest, such as just trying to survive the day.
These are just a few; believe me I have read some lengthy theories. Why in times of financial struggle do we seem to embrace these stories about a pared down survivalist life?
I have a theory of my own.
This theory is compressed for the sake of the blog but here goes – In tough economic times, when jobs remain challenging to find and even harder to hold on to…it’s a nice fantasy to imagine a world where there are no mortgage payments, no student loan debt and no 10 hour workday.
In a post-apocalyptic world your existence is dependent on your primal and instinctual ability to survive. You are facing off against a single foe and it is clear this foe is evil.
The real world is fraught with concerns about bills, health, childcare, elder care and of course the concern that we are actually creating a potential apocalypse due to our misuse of fossil fuel. You know, heavy stuff.
It’s a lot of stress coming from all angles.
Compare all of that to what I imagine my Zombie apocalypse to-do list looks like:
- Find water
- Find food
- Do not be eaten by a Zombie
Your average working parent would take that list any day…but I digress. We live in vastly connected and tuned in time. There is a lot of pressure that feels largely out of our control.
I like to imagine that my survival skills are way better than my multitasking skills. I think it might be nice to face off against a zombie rather than figure out how I am going to send my kids to college, or attend a dance recital and a soccer game at the same time.
The idea here is that this world is simple. Don’t get me wrong, being eaten or attacked randomly scares me very much. But having only one central thing to focus on and getting back to basics sounds kind of appealing. I imagine me and the family huddled up in our make shift shelter, cooking a fish we caught in a nearby stream. Obviously we are on high alert and fairly dirty, but we are together, unharmed and happy because survival is the only goal.
What about you? Why do you think there is a growing obsession with all things Zombie?