OK, so go with me for just a minute here. IF - a big crazy if - IF you found a zombie shambling up your lawn this evening you would know what to do right?
You would know, from countless cultural touchstones, that zombies:
1. eat you - usually your brain
2. are dumb and slow
3. are defeated by popping them in the head.
Certainly there are exceptions to this 'rule' but generally speaking we all know what zombies are, how they operate, and what to do about them.
OK - change gears with me and read this:
“Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouth. On that day a large-scale panic from the LORD will spread among them. One person will grab the hand of another, and one will attack the other.”
"And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them."
What if - back to the crazy if - what if there is a hidden purpose to all of the zombie training our training our world has been getting over the last 20 years or so? Namely as a certain mercy to give some folks a framework to understand what is to come.
In Dawn of the Dead (I think) there is a bit where a guy says the zombies are there because hell was full and that concept struck irrational fear in my heart. Something about just the utterance of that idea really bothered me.
Anyway - I'm just dropping a stream of consciousness thing here today and not even something that well thought out...os IS it? ;)