Wednesday, April 16, 2014

And you thought the "zombie apocalypse" was a joke

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.
—Rubén Blades

Zombies are fictional undead creatures regularly encountered in horror and fantasy themed works. They are typically depicted as mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger for human flesh, and particularly for human brains in some depictions. ...

Intimately tied to the conception of the modern zombie is the "zombie apocalypse"; the breakdown of society as a result of an initial zombie outbreak which spreads. This archetype has emerged as a prolific subgenre of apocalyptic fiction and has been portrayed in many zombie-related media after Night of the Living Dead (Paffenroth, Kim [2006]. Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth. Waco: Baylor University Press). In a zombie apocalypse, a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life engages in a general assault on civilization. Victims of zombies may become zombies themselves. This causes the outbreak to become an exponentially growing crisis: the spreading "zombie plague/virus" swamps normal military and law enforcement organizations, leading to the panicked collapse of civilian society until only isolated pockets of survivors remain, scavenging for food and supplies in a world reduced to a pre-industrial hostile wilderness.
—Wikipedia, "Zombie (fictional)"

Take a good look at the sign the protester is carrying: Pro-life? Eating raped murdered animals makes u a hypocrite! It's not my purpose here to debate the morality of killing animals for food; nevertheless, somewhere in this person's arguably college-educated brain, it's logically and morally consistent to eschew eating unfertilized chicken ova for breakfast yet approve, instigate and even compel the medical murder of a developing baby ... especially her own. The sad thing is, her attitude is far too common to qualify for a Darwin Award.

And, by the bye, who rapes dead cows?

The sign is bold and moronic enough that you don't quite notice the other sign in the picture unless you look for it: Sex is BEAUTIFUL; Reproduction is OPTIONAL.

Sex is optional. (If you're married, you might disagree, but that's a discussion for another time.) While the actual process of reproduction can be tempestuous, uncomfortable and aggravating, most women who have gone through the whole nine months are proud to say the results are beautiful. But our protester is a naïf: sex can be beautiful, but it can also be ugly in so many ways — rape, bondage, sado-masochism, for examples. In any event, to call reproduction "optional" is misleading; it's a design feature, not an after-market add-on.

 These signs are supposed to be persuasive. These signs are supposed to change minds. At the very least, they should give us some idea that support for abortion is rational. Instead, all they tell us is that zombies are real, that they wander the halls of many if not most of our universities eating the brains of unwary students, leaving them incapable of doing more than parroting mindless buzz-phrases and voting.

Or becoming literature majors.