We all know about the zombies of fiction. There are zombies on TV, zombies in movies, zombies in books – even zombies on the streets. But not everyone chooses to admit that there are real life zombies that move among us – camouflaged, unseen but very present. These real zombies are people just like you and me who have abandoned their will and purpose in life and have accepted the blank staring, mindless slavery of the damned.
Yes, zombies are everywhere and their numbers are growing. You can find them in grocery stores, health clubs, empowerment seminars and workshops, banks, schools, government offices – where ever people gather, there will be zombies faking a normal life. Some of your friends, family and co-workers are very likely zombies. In truth most of humanity is sleepwalking through life – but the zombie is someone who although asleep merely pretends to dream – and some have even given up pretending. They are the ones who are exhausted, burned out, too tired to even think or pretend to think. They live their so-called lives compulsively, robotically repeating the same meaningless tasks – dead inside and all but dead on the outside. Numb to the endless repetition of energy sucking experiences. The zombie no longer truly lives, it merely exists. It is a scary proposition yet one that many people seem to embrace: especially many young people. They seem to choose to be zombies, if they can choose anything. Why? Why is the zombie fate so popular?
There actually are some positive aspects to being a zombie – dubious as they may be.
- No need to make decisions – you are a zombie
- No morality, no right or wrong – you are a zombie
- No need to plan or speculate on the future – you are a zombie
- No fear of the future in general – you are a zombie
- No disappointments, no consequences to your actions – you are a zombie
- No need for money, jobs, career or education – you are a zombie
- No concern for cleanliness, appearances, clothing or fashion – you are a zombie
- No need to diet, exercise or worry about your health – you are a zombie
- No need for good looks, talent, or charm – you are a zombie
- No need for homes, cars, or possessions of any kind – you are a zombie
- No fear, despair, anxiety, frustration, pain, – no feelings at all – you are a zombie
- No solitude, loneliness, separateness – you are instantly part of a community that accepts you totally and without judgment – you are a zombie.
Perhaps this last point is the strongest – for anyone struggling with issues of identity and self-worth and the feelings of being an outcast and not belonging – suddenly being part of an accepting group – even a mindless horde – is a deeply appealing prospect for so many people.
And what are the negatives to being a zombie? Ayn Rand mentions a big one “Your self is your mind; renounce it and you become a chunk of meat ready for any cannibal to swallow.”
People who are dead inside harbor bitterness about how a meaningful life has eluded them. They will accept any fate rather than allow themselves to come to realize that the power to change their circumstances is within themselves and is fully accessible.
To be a zombie means to renounce your mind and with it surrender all humanity and any possibility of real love, vitality, satisfaction and self-expression in life. These things cannot exist without the mind and soul, without consciousness. To be a zombie you must give up the possibility of ever being awake, alive and in control of yourself.
For anyone with a mind, the zombie life is scary and depressing. Yet the numbers of zombies are growing. More and more people around us appear to be opting out of the human race in favor of the non-life of the zombie. A few just play the game of dressing up and acting like the zombies in the movies. But many, many more are taking the camouflaged, invisible but common zombie route – they join gangs, cliques, and clubs with strict, often violent, rules and guidelines of behavior; they immerse themselves in political and religious ideologies; they give up all self-determination, free thought, and individuality and behave and react exactly like all the other zombies. They might not eat the physical brains of the living like they do in the movies, yet their mere presence sucks out the minds and souls of the people around them.
Zombies are perpetual consumers. They gorge themselves on sugar, alcohol, tobacco, meat, drugs of all kinds, deviant sex, the so-called entertainment media, and all the glitter and bling of the world. Modern zombies succumb to obsessive, violent and primal urges and serve and defend the governments and religions that support and perpetuate these urges. They lessen the world and shatter the hopes and dreams of all who try to experience and enjoy real life.
If you spend any time with such a being you might find your own life energy evaporating.
How do you avoid becoming a zombie? If you are a sleepwalker like most of humanity you must first wake up. Wake yourself up by whatever means possible to you and then wake up others. The more awakened people there are the fewer sleepwalkers there will be that can be infected by the zombie plague.
Here’s how to break free of a zombie haze: Take full responsibility for your life and all your experiences – the good and the not so good. Take ownership of who you are now, without punishing yourself with blame, guilt, or any other judgment for your past. Examine the “how” of each outcome rather than the “why” – if you study the process you can discover a path to a different, more desirable outcome. Whatever thoughts were planted in your mind have generated actions. These actions repeated over time generate habits. Your accumulated habits have generated the life you have now, and this version of who you are generates a destiny. To change your destiny and avoid the life of a zombie, you need only go back and alter the basic thoughts and actions that moved you along an undesirable path in the first place.
Begin to monitor your thoughts; be willing to clearly see what you are opting for. Check the actions these thoughts lead to: are these the experiences you really want? Mindfully reach for new perspectives. Review your habits and fight to break free of the ones that limit your satisfaction with life. Remember, you were not born to be a zombie. It is exhaustion, dissatisfaction, anxiety, stress and frustration that cause you to give up on your life and accept the zombie state – but all these negative emotions can be overcome if you approach your life with intention. Become the master of your opportunities instead of the victim of your circumstance. Consciously begin to construct the person you wish to be and allow yourself the freedom to enter a destiny full of love, vitality, satisfaction and total self-expression. This condition is opposite to the zombie state and is the natural state for awakened human beings.
Your pursuit and enjoyment of a wakeful life will make you immune to the zombie plague.