It’s becoming more and more apparent that we’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. They’re all around you. They’re your neighbors, your bartender, the teenage kid that bags your groceries at the supermarket down the street. Hell, even your parents or your kids may be zombies. They walk around, basically brain dead from all of the advertisements telling them to consume, consume, consume. They’re so caught up with finding the nearest Starbucks to purchase their Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino that they don’t even notice the homeless man sitting near the subway stop, asking for money so he can purchase the first meal he’s had in the past two days.
These zombies don’t care that our government is using their tax money to drop bombs on other countries and kill innocent civilians. They don’t care that legislation is being passed that not only allows, but actually encourages the destruction of our environment. They don’t care that education funding is being slashed in an attempt to keep future generations less educated and, therefore, more docile.
So, how do we deal with these zombies? You can’t just shoot ‘em in the head…. Well, I s’pose you could, but I tend to stay away from promoting violence. Instead, you organize, mobilize, and get out there to educate them. That could mean something as simple as handing out flyers on the street, or something as big as a mass action to shut something down (a bank, a mountain top removal site) in order to bring awareness to a specific issue. Yes, many people still won’t listen. But, as long as we continue to educate and take action, there will be some who will take something away from it.