If you are prepared for zombies, you are prepared for anything

Here is a story about preparedness but it goes a litte TOO far off the edge.

Kansas militia expects zombies, and it’s dead serious – KansasCity.com.

The Kansas Anti Zombie Militia.

Once the Zombie Apocalypse hits, they’ll be ready for it and they want you to be too.

“Can a natural person change into this monster that many fear?” Alfredo Carbajal, the militia’s main spokesman, said in an interview. “The possibilities are yes, it can happen. We have seen incidents that are very close to it, and we are thinking it is more possible than people think.”

Carbajal and other true believers aren’t so much scared of movie zombies. The apocalypse they see coming is a pandemic spread by a virus that creates zombie-like symptoms.

Last month, the Discovery Channel featured the Kansas militia in a documentary that concluded that such a Zombie Apocalypse — or Zompoc — was possible. The program featured scientists who speculated some evolving virus is bound to jump to humans on our overcrowded planet.

There is nothing wrong with being prepared. But it’s NOT good to become obsessed with a subject to the point that it takes over rational thought. The zombie apocalypse has been used as a metaphor for contagious disease epidemics but there is currently no known virus that takes over people’s brains and makes them attack each other. Oh wait… Nah, we can treat that.

This is a good piece. The zombie popularity spawning these types of activities is good example of how a popular culture facet can be so popular that people could get a touch too extreme about it. It seems they have crossed the line from fantasy to reality and that’s not really a good thing when we lose that perspective.

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  8 comments for “If you are prepared for zombies, you are prepared for anything

  1. D.Walker
    January 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    What makes it all the more disturbing is all the weaponry that’s probably in those people’s hands.Remind me to stay out of Kansas in the case I have one of my rare hangovers.

  2. spookyparadigm
    January 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I have honestly had it up to with this crap.

    • spookyparadigm
      January 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      heh, putting “here” in < marks got it confused with html

  3. Kev
    January 5, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Maybe they assume too quickly that they won’t be zombies themselves.

  4. Massachusetts
    January 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    “The zombie apocalypse has been used as a metaphor for contagious disease epidemics but there is currently no known virus that takes over people’s brains and makes them attack each other. Oh wait… Nah, we can treat that.”

    Rabies? If you get the vaccine quickly, then yes. Mad Cow and similar diseases, no unfortunately. But maybe someday, and we can minimize contamination probabilities with proper regulations, procedures and best practices–not something certain key industries are very excited about, though.

    There’s a type of spongiform encephalitis that’s present in deer, though I’m pretty sure it isn’t believed to hurt humans (hopefully that will hold true over time.) That does scare me a bit, even though I don’t eat venison. Which brings me to my more important points…

    I think this relates to two interrelated things in our culture that are true pandemics: fear and obsession. For what ever reason, we are a fearful people. We haven’t really made piece with the fact that we are all going to kick the bucket some day for one thing, despite the high levels of religiosity reported by the various studies it would seem (interesting when you think about it).

    Of course we should assess risks, take reasonable precautions and proceed intelligently where safety and real dangers are concerned, but the excessive fear and angst so many feel about highly unlikely scenarios (like the zombie apocalypse) doesn’t permit very effective thinking and strategizing, and often leads us astray, and to absurd extremes that are much more dangerous than any falsely perceived threat.

    Plus, we often lack balance in this modern age. We are way to obsessive about many things, especially our unfounded fears. Recognizing possible negative outcomes is reasonable, but perseverating on negative outcomes no matter how unlikely won’t help anyone, and only leads to potentially dangerous responses, like terrified armed people huddled together waiting for the zombies to come. You can just see the accidental shootings (using that phrase liberally) that could result from that scenario when taken to its logical and tragic conclusion.

    • John
      January 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Well said, we are society (species?) that has completely lost touch with reality and spend our time spurning acceptance; all the while creating more problems that make our nightmares all the more potent.

      • John
        January 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        *a society

  5. DPG1915
    January 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Alfredo Carbajal, the militia’s main spokesman, said in an interview. “The possibilities are yes, it can happen.
    Okay, that’s one possibility- and the others are…?

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