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A Nation of Zombies

Are you one of them?
Aeryn Davies, Ravanna

I arrive home from work, drained and empty. Too tired for human interaction, I press the buttons on the remote and stare blankly into the big TV box. It’s not long before the commercials and endless parade of product placements overwhelm my defenses and penetrate my mind. Every detail of every message is meticulously calculated, designed to be repetitive and hypnotic, played over and over until the mindfuck finally kicks. In. My head is now filled with fatuous desire. Fast forward. Like a junkie on a comedown, I stumble into the sterile mall corridors as if in some kind of trance. The motley group of shoppers surrounding me, all the same – glazed eyes, blank stares, faces twisted into ugly masks of want. We are an army of zombies. Instead of brains and human flesh, we devour strategically placed merchandise and affordably priced products manufactured in China. I quickly drain my plastic cards and my soul, returning home with my bounty of shopping bags. All filled with mass produced garbage, quickly tossed onto a pile of all the other trash I’ve accumulated. Tomorrow I will wake up, have my coffee and leave the comfort and security of my home for work. I will spend another long and tedious day in the indentured monotony that masquerades as a job. When it’s over, I will again return home and rest in front of the big TV box and wait for the radiating commercials, like little particles penetrating what is left of my mind. And every night I tell myself, “maybe one of these days, I’ll pull the plug.”

–Malcolm Klimowicz

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Anonymous

Give away all your earthly possessions, which actually own you, and go live in the woods, that will change your perspective.

Anonymous

Give away all your earthly possessions, which actually own you, and go live in the woods, that will change your perspective.

Krs

Really well written!

These are problems that all individuals in modern societies deal with.

Is there a middle way or do we all just unplug and live like Amish?

Krs

Really well written!

These are problems that all individuals in modern societies deal with.

Is there a middle way or do we all just unplug and live like Amish?

juniper

i agree with anonymous - just cultivate something different. i also get that is easier said than done ... the mindfuck part bek s. quotes above does permeate and perpetuate a simulacrum where consumer culture is the norm. be aware of the effect of consumer culture upon you. see your reflection in the mirror of simulation, break the mirror. be conscious about your choices and embrace the contradictions that invariably come with a flexible consciousness (as opposed to a strict or overzealous one ... perhaps this is the middle ground inquired about in the above comments? don't need to reject everything, unplug everything, totally detach). for me, i have a television - a freebie from the boss - and i haven't turned it on since lost ended. in fact, i bought the antenna thing just to be able to watch lost. that show is an example of my interaction with consumer culture ... i loved it, the mystery, the intrigue, the twists ... i watched, devoured it every week, analyzed it, read people's analyses about it, and then, utter and total disappointment. it reminds me of the always-present need to do things more real ... take walks, doodle, write in a journal when the feeling strikes, play with my cats, hang with family, talk to strangers on the bus or on the cable car, take my earphones out when i go into a store and talk to the clerk, cook yummy food, find interesting things to do. and i do those things. and then, i putz on the internet like the rest of 'em. but even then, i find myself frustrated because i want more information about what i am putzing on at the moment other than the sentences wikipedia-style so readily available via the internets, and i delve in, search deeper, sometimes buy books. if you can be conscious, i think you can live a more aware life and resist consumer culture to the extent possible given the pervasiveness of the simulacrum which has cultivated that culture as something so ubiquitous. some need to run off to the woods to find consciousness. some do drugs. yoga is groovy. whatever works for you ... you are in control of yourself and you are a part of the problem, out there, in the world. because you are a part of the problem, you are a part of the solution.

dig the post and the comments it provokes.

juni

juniper

i agree with anonymous - just cultivate something different. i also get that is easier said than done ... the mindfuck part bek s. quotes above does permeate and perpetuate a simulacrum where consumer culture is the norm. be aware of the effect of consumer culture upon you. see your reflection in the mirror of simulation, break the mirror. be conscious about your choices and embrace the contradictions that invariably come with a flexible consciousness (as opposed to a strict or overzealous one ... perhaps this is the middle ground inquired about in the above comments? don't need to reject everything, unplug everything, totally detach). for me, i have a television - a freebie from the boss - and i haven't turned it on since lost ended. in fact, i bought the antenna thing just to be able to watch lost. that show is an example of my interaction with consumer culture ... i loved it, the mystery, the intrigue, the twists ... i watched, devoured it every week, analyzed it, read people's analyses about it, and then, utter and total disappointment. it reminds me of the always-present need to do things more real ... take walks, doodle, write in a journal when the feeling strikes, play with my cats, hang with family, talk to strangers on the bus or on the cable car, take my earphones out when i go into a store and talk to the clerk, cook yummy food, find interesting things to do. and i do those things. and then, i putz on the internet like the rest of 'em. but even then, i find myself frustrated because i want more information about what i am putzing on at the moment other than the sentences wikipedia-style so readily available via the internets, and i delve in, search deeper, sometimes buy books. if you can be conscious, i think you can live a more aware life and resist consumer culture to the extent possible given the pervasiveness of the simulacrum which has cultivated that culture as something so ubiquitous. some need to run off to the woods to find consciousness. some do drugs. yoga is groovy. whatever works for you ... you are in control of yourself and you are a part of the problem, out there, in the world. because you are a part of the problem, you are a part of the solution.

dig the post and the comments it provokes.

juni

Susie M.

This post was nicely written and painfully honest. However, pulling the plug is not the answer. One still needs to engage with people around us and society at large, whether it's consumer-driven or not.

Susie M.

This post was nicely written and painfully honest. However, pulling the plug is not the answer. One still needs to engage with people around us and society at large, whether it's consumer-driven or not.

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