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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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Frazier

Age old. How much should we do to protect those who can't protect themselves. The difference here is that all the tools to liberate oneself from being led dolefully throughout life are available to everyone. Self-actualization.

Do I feel sorry for those who can't take control of their lives. Sure. But this isn't a concept easily taught. The depression one feels while repeating this vicious daily cycle is the best teacher.Most will eventually take more control of their lives out of desperation, for the better or for the worse.

Frazier

Age old. How much should we do to protect those who can't protect themselves. The difference here is that all the tools to liberate oneself from being led dolefully throughout life are available to everyone. Self-actualization.

Do I feel sorry for those who can't take control of their lives. Sure. But this isn't a concept easily taught. The depression one feels while repeating this vicious daily cycle is the best teacher.Most will eventually take more control of their lives out of desperation, for the better or for the worse.

Anonymouse

Oh dude, come on now. Snap the fuck out of it. (I assume) you have your health, and you don't live in total poverty, and you grew up in a country that, while it may have more than a few misgivings, is still a lot more palatable than other places in the world where people have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. You don't have to peddle your own ass to pay the bills or even feed your own family, and you get a certain amount of freedom to do whatever you want (namely bitch about how boring your life is on this website).

I bet most people in the world, after all their years of suffering, WISH they could sit down at the end of the day on a nice couch and watch television for a few hours. You're bored with the way things are? It's like what some of the other posters here have said: go change your life! Go do something fulfilling, because soon your idle youth will be gone and you won't have a future to improve. This is all we have. So stop crying about how much of a rut you are in and go backpacking through Thailand already!

Anonymouse

Oh dude, come on now. Snap the fuck out of it. (I assume) you have your health, and you don't live in total poverty, and you grew up in a country that, while it may have more than a few misgivings, is still a lot more palatable than other places in the world where people have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. You don't have to peddle your own ass to pay the bills or even feed your own family, and you get a certain amount of freedom to do whatever you want (namely bitch about how boring your life is on this website).

I bet most people in the world, after all their years of suffering, WISH they could sit down at the end of the day on a nice couch and watch television for a few hours. You're bored with the way things are? It's like what some of the other posters here have said: go change your life! Go do something fulfilling, because soon your idle youth will be gone and you won't have a future to improve. This is all we have. So stop crying about how much of a rut you are in and go backpacking through Thailand already!

lame

Please pull the plug. And while you're at it, pull your ethernet plug too so you stop whining on the Internet and go out and do something fun. I haven't sat down and watched TV advertisements since the 90's. The only one forcing you into your pathetic looping loser lifestyle is your lame loathsome self. Wow... accidental annoying alliteration... sorry.

lame

Please pull the plug. And while you're at it, pull your ethernet plug too so you stop whining on the Internet and go out and do something fun. I haven't sat down and watched TV advertisements since the 90's. The only one forcing you into your pathetic looping loser lifestyle is your lame loathsome self. Wow... accidental annoying alliteration... sorry.

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