Have you seen them? Have you seen the soulless ones that go about their daily routines with focused footsteps and empty eyes? For all that they walk and talk and eat and sleep and take their young to little league games, they are, for all intents and purposes, nothing more than functional zombies. Reverse zombies actually, for instead of feasting on brains they crave the type of activities and entertainment that drain the brain from any sort of normal functionability.
Have you seen their single-minded determination to glorify war and the ease with which they dismiss violence, whether it is the killing people or animals, as just a natural part of life? They are of course, egged on by the governments that maintain their economies by dreaming up more wars and then sending off young men and women to die in the name of capitalistic patriotism.
Have you listened to the mindless blithering of their news pundits? Oh they make it sound important; they gloss their words with self-importance and urgency. But when you sit down and take the time to decipher what it is they’re saying you discover that they really aren’t saying anything at all.
Have you felt the fear that they generate whenever they encounter anything that isn’t part of their normal world view?
Have you felt the anger that radiates off of them whenever someone or something doesn’t act the way that they have been taught that they should?
Now, have you ever wondered how it is that they got this way?
I can tell you what happened.
You see, once upon a time these were normal, everyday, ordinary people who loved and laughed and lived. But one day they stopped listening to their hearts. They got so wrapped up in building their villages and towns; in creating their societies where everyone had a place and a purpose, that they forgot what it was to truly be alive.
They got so focused on planning how to make this world that they had created run better and more efficiently, that they stopped enjoying the moment they were living in. They became so obsessed with making sure that everyone and everything followed the regulations that they had enacted that they stopped thinking for themselves, becoming instead a mindless horde of zombies; zombies intent on creating the entire world into their image.
And so it is that the the soulless ones grew in numbers until it was simply an accepted part of life that you lived out your days according to the expectations of those who had raised you and the society in which you lived. And it didn’t matter if you were dead inside, as long as you learned what you were expected to learn and worked at what you were told.
And every now and again you will find that one of the zombies stops shuffling to and fro as directed. Instead they stop quite still and look around them with the kind of shock and awe you would expect if you found yourself waking up from a Matrix-like dream.
Of course most of those who find themselves being shocked by the true nature of their lives easily succumb to going back to the way things were. A little fear; the mention that jobs are about to be cut; it doesn’t take much. The fear of losing what they have is greater than the desire to break free.
And then there are those who, when the attempt is made to heard them back into the fold; back into compliance, simply throw back their heads and laugh. They wouldn’t go back for the world. The curse of the zombies is broken. They have finally re-discovered their souls, and it is time to truly live free.