Monday, September 9, 2013
Awhile ago, I asked the question "What is it about Survivalists and Zombies?". Well, I believe that I have the answer to my own question. It's all about identifying the enemy.
When children are little, their world is so cut and dried. They see things in black and white. They play "Cops and Robbers" and "Cowboys and Indians". On one side you have the "good guys" and on the other side you have the "bad guys". There is no blurring of lines or gray areas. Just good and bad. And the good guys always win. Always.
The world in which we now find ourselves is completely subjective. There is no good or bad, right or wrong, just or unjust. It's all relative - depending upon your point of view. Once, our elected officials were held in high esteem and served with integrity and honesty. Now, they openly do drugs, "sext" their constituents and defile their offices with unending regularity. Although there is still honor in their position, the people occupying those positions are far from honorable. Once, our police officers were regarded for their commitment to serve and protect. They were trusted and revered. Now, you are by far more likely to be killed by a police officer than you are by a terrorist*. Tell me again who the good guys are? The list could go on and on. Priests and pastors used to be revered men of God - the very best of us - and now many populate an ever growing list of pedophiles and sexual deviants. Even some teachers, entrusted with our most precious treasures, have joined the ranks of predators. The lines between the good guys and the bad guys just keep getting fuzzier.
And now we have the rise of Zombies. Really, it was inevitable. Human nature needs to be able to identify the good guys and the bad guys. In a society where you can no longer tell who is good and who is bad, where the lines have been blurred past recognition, you have to create those definitions for yourself. When you no longer know if your government, your military, your police force, your educational institutions or your churches are allies or enemies, you create a world in which your enemy is easily identifiable and ultimately defeat-able. In a desperate attempt to define good versus evil, you create the ultimate, non-negotiable survival scenario - the Zombie Apocalypse.
Unfortunately, the cataclysm our nation is facing will not be quite so cut-and-dried as a Zombie Apocalypse. It will be far more insidious and difficult to maneuver. Rather than just hacking the head off the nearest embodiment of the undead, we will have to use discernment and wisdom to identify our enemy. History has shown us that our enemy often comes masqueraded as the giver of light. He promises safety, equality and abundance for all, while quietly setting his snares for our destruction.
Beware not the Zombie, but rather the giver of gifts.
* Statistic for fatalities due to terrorism and police officers.