The title of this post sounds kinda collegiate, kinda reminds me of my undergraduate English major days when I was analyzing text as a reflection of modern society …… aaaaaah, life was so easy then, no bills, no responsibilities, deep thoughts …… and now it’s all – PREPARING FOR THE ZOMBIE INVASION!
Well not really, but kinda. Or is it? I don’t know; but my mind ruminates periodically on how “zombies” are used in contemporary discussions about survival and general preparedness. What do I mean by that? Well …. let me answer with what I mean by “zombies.” For purposes of this post, “zombies” means the entire notion of them, how people talk about them, movies about them, books about them, etc. I’m talking about the zombies as a social subject.
Bah, I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, actually.
What I mean to say is that I think many people that follow the survival/preparedness movement use the zombie pop-culture phenomenon as a metaphor for general shit hits the fan. Zombie-talk is a more socially acceptable way to hint at a greater, reality based fear that shit in one fashion or another could conceivably hit the fan at any given moment.
What I mean to say is that zombies are a more socially acceptable, less awkward way of conveying one’s discomfort with the stability of our society. It’s easier for many people to joke with others about a zombie invasion and entering survival mode than it is to talk about what life might be like if a real, deadly flu pandemic hit, what would happen if grocery store shelves went empty and the electricity ran out, with no foreseeable help to come. THAT is a conversation that’s harder to mention around the work water cooler than it is to talk about making a SHTF “go bag” in case the “zombies” attack.
Know what I’m sayin’?
I’m not casting judgment on people that use “zombie talk” to convey, perhaps on a subconscious level, their fears about SHTF scenarios. They’re not wimpy survival ninjas. No, I think the power of the zombie pop-culture phenomenon can be harnessed by TEOTWAWKI individuals such as ourselves!
For example, which question is more socially difficult to ask your neighbor, co-worker or friend:
“Hey, what’s your survival plan if the economy implodes and society collapses?”
“Hey, what’s your survival plan if the economy implodes and zombies invade?”
Do you see the difference? It’s subtle, but important. In the first question they might think you’re a SHTF blog reading freak. In the second question they might think you’re funny. That’s not to say using “zombies” means they’ll think you’re a joke. No, anybody in their right mind has contemplated “what if” survival situations in these modern times. Maybe they’ll answer the question and maybe they won’t, but you can rest assured, they’ll ponder the question ….. “What WILL I do when the zombies invade?”
Use “zombie talk” to introduce preparedness to someone you know – today!
– Ranger Man