Zombies in the News: Infection or Perception?

5 Jun

In just one week there were five different incidents of cannibalism, with only four of them being actual crimes.  While cannibalism is believed to have existed since ancient times, it is not something that is reported so often that it is no longer shocking and disturbing to most people.  So why are we seeing more gruesome attacks, zombies in the movies, zombie survival websites, and a zombie survival guide and zombie novella/comic (both were created by the Center for Disease Control [CDC], something many people do not realize)?  And why is the government pushing Disaster Preparedness?   It has trickled down to the lowest level of governments.  I have seen announcements in the town newspaper about FEMA and their new designated shelters, schools all over the country hold terrorism and disaster drills,  some schools practicing them monthly. Are they conditioning our children to be less shocked by a disaster?  You could go deep down the “why” and “what if” conspiracy hole and get no where, so we’ll just have to keep paying attention and see what evidence we can find to substantiate any theories.

The elites are preparing too, with underground bunkers and super seed vaults.  I have seen websites advertising bunkers.  Take a look at terravivos.com.  They have homes in an underground resort.  This  is supposedly a recording of someone calling one of these bunker businesses.

So what is the government expecting?  Is it something specific, or are they acknowledging that the world is at a dangerous, crucial point in time that may take us to a reality we’ve never before known?  Are they just being cautious, and the zombie theme that has become so prevalent in pop culture is just a coincidence?

If one were to read the book by Edward Bernays written in 1928 titled, “Propaganda,” one would learn public opinion is decided by the highest governance.   It is then passed along to corporations and ad agencies, writers, musicians, movie producers and directors, news media, poets, and actors.  On December 20, 2011 The Club of Rome published a piece called “Searching for a New Narrative” on their website.  It is about the need for humans to evolve, and the ways in which it could be done.  They use religion as well as the arts and the media to engineer their desired views to be adopted by the people. Here are some interesting excerpts:

“Throughout history, as HRH the Duke of Edinburgh pointed out in 1986, only two forces have ever changed people’s basic values – the arts and religion and very often these have been one and the same thing. Which is why in 1986 The Duke of Edinburgh as International President of WWF invited five faith leaders to join him in Assisi, Italy, the birthplace of St. Frances, to see how the faiths could help to save the planet. The result is that 25 years later the religious environmental movement is the largest civil society movement on ecology worldwide yet it is largely ignored by the data believers!”

“In order to create an ethos we need to tell stories. Let’s work with writers, poets, musicians and actors. Let’s use the world of imagination and of faith and have confidence to explore the great stories of the world’s religions, which have inspired and changed lives for centuries.”

“Stories are how for millennia the oldest human organisations in the world – the major faiths – have conveyed from generation to generation and across cultures and languages, their most profound truths, insights, beliefs and values. If you want to change the world – tell a good story – indeed, a good collection of stories.”

“Currently we have many stories. The story of climate change; the story of the dying out of the tiger; the story of the recovery of the whale populations; the story of alternative energy technologies. What we lack is an overarching greater narrative which does the following.”

The seven views and values the Club of Rome feels humans lack are explained at the end of this post.

It wouldn’t be illogical to surmise that the prevalence of zombie themes in our media and the entertainment industry could have originated with the CDC, or even an international organization or agency, but will we ever know?  I suppose if the “zombie” attacks continue to increase, we will have our answer (maybe), and many more questions.  Have a look at the CDC comic book/novella.  It’s unsettling to me.  I’ve included some parts of it below.

Part II of” Zombie Pandemic” below.

Pretty interesting right?  The inclusion of  the CDC and the military is a nice conditioning technique.  And how about the cure being a flu vaccine?  Is the message: “Be prepared and go to the shelters, or you’ll be sorry!”  Or are they subliminally saying “Don’t worry about preparing, there will always be the shelters”?  What do you think of zombies in the media?  What about the CDC comic book?  Let me know in the comments section.

Note: I just searched for “clubofrome.org” and the search engine I use, Startpage, the most private search engine, didn’t provide any results.  I typed it in the url bar and it went to the site.  What’s up with that?

Note update:  I think startpage is just not working because nothing is coming up for any search.

In “Searching for a New Narrative,” the seven views and values the Club of Rome feels humans lack are explained:

First of all places ourselves as a species in a wider context which is probably the universe but must then focus down to this planet and our place on and within it.

Secondly gives us a sense of being part of nature not apart from nature as the current dominant ideologies and narratives we outlined above do.

Thirdly, makes sense of human aspirations to overcome poverty, sickness, injustice and violence but does so within the wider narrative outlined in the two issues above.

Fourthly, gives each community and each individual a sense of purpose, place and meaning within the greater universal narrative. This is what is usually referred to in religious narratives as salvation, liberation, enlightenment or redemption.

Fifthly, provides models for dealing with failure, disaster, disappointment, suffering, pain and death.

Sixthly, that gives us an understanding of the fact that the only constant is change. The oldest book still in daily use today as it has been for over three thousand years is the Chinese book called the I Ching. This means the Classic of Change. Change is the reality of this world and of our existence and yet so much of contemporary life is about trying to either stop change or deny it.

Finally, the narrative has to take us back out to the bigger picture. To a sense that the future, difficult, perplexing, even dangerous, is still one with the potential for meaning and not just for us but for all life.

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