The zombie apocalypse has already occurred; it just wasn’t how Hollywood had envisioned it. Instead of decaying corpses feasting on human brains, we have cat memes, sports fanaticism run amok, celebrity worship, and puppet show political “debates.” Meanwhile, our infrastructure is quite literally crumbling around us and our civil liberties are disappearing almost as fast as species are going extinct, but the masses are so distracted by the bright and shiny locomotive, they refuse to acknowledge the approaching ravine. It sickens and frustrates me. I feel like Plato’s prisoner, trying to explain the sun while the cave dwellers measure shadows cast on the wall by firelight.
I write about our imploding educational system, one or two people notice. Someone posts a video of cat attacking paper, two million views. Our elected officials refuse to negotiate or compromise for the betterment of our entire economy, people shrug. A football player goes through a slump, fans go to his home to berate him. Our priorities are askew. We deserve the impending corporate shackles soon bound to our ankles. We deserve this Huxleyan nightmare we’ve built and all the soma that comes with it. I’ll catalog a few more of the failings of our system, just to fulfill my goal of illustrating to the outside world that some of us fought against it, but I’ve given up hope of enough people in this country noticing or giving a damn.