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Zombies remind us Ayn Rand is dead

May 17, 2012

From the Partisans at Second City Network’s “Paul Ryan Institute of Political Science–they’ve created a MONSTER!” – THE ZOMBIE AYN RAND:

Recall Zombie Economics: Alan Greenspan vs. Karl Marx And Zombie Paul Krugman And the Simpson-Bowles Zombie

MEANWHILE in the Asia Times Online:
Zombies remind us that death is social
by “Spengler” (a pseudonym for David P. Goldman) explaining “the improbable popularity of the zombie sub-genre”:

There is something iconic about the struggle of survivors against the zombie herd. Modernity tells us that each of us is alone in the universe to wrest what meaning we may from our brief span of sentience. That is a hopeless task; if we must invent our own meaning, then by implications, the meanings that our ancestors invented will be just as meaningless to us as our meanings will be to our descendants, if any. The notion that we must find the meaning of life for ourselves ultimately negates itself,… Call this the existential paradox.

Connecting to Judeo-Christian notions of eternal life, the article continues:

Madigan and Levenson maintain, “The ancient Israelites, altogether lacking the materialist habit of thought so powerful in modernity, did not conceive of life and death as purely and exclusively biological phenomena. These things were, rather, social in character and could not, therefore, be disengaged from the historical fate of the people of whom they were predicated.”

And

The biblical symbolism of the Temple – the embodiment on earth of God’s promise of eternal life to Israel – is worth contrasting with image walking dead. I do not mean to suggest that the makers of zombie films intentionally set out to pervert the symbolism of the Bible – I doubt any of them bother to read Leviticus 22. Nonetheless, the death-ravaged features of the zombie herd convey the concept of collective death just as vividly as the Kohanim represented the ancient Israel’s collective life

Concluding:

Modernity tells that nothing in the universe cares whether we exist or not, and where the meaning of our lives is concerned, we are all on our own.

We think of ourselves as rational folk. And yet we find almost 10 million pairs of eyes glued to the television screen each week when a new episode airs of “The Walking Dead,” enthralled by the same images, but in reverse: the walking dead in place of the dead awaiting resurrection, animated corpses instead of wholesome priests or uncorrupted saints, a terrified band of survivors huddled against encroaching death instead of the happy procession of God’s people to the source of eternal life.

We have dismissed the Jewish and Christian hope of eternal life as superstition offensive to reason, but instead, we find ourselves trapped in a recurring nightmare. We know that we will die, but (as Woody Allen said) we don’t want to be there when it happens. We act as if exercise, antioxidants and Botox will keep the reaper away, but we know that our flesh one day must putrefy nonetheless.The more we try to ignore death, the more it fascinates us. The more we tell ourselves that mortality doesn’t apply to us, the more it surrounds us. And the more we try to fight off the fear, the more we feel like the beleaguered survivors resisting the zombie herd.

Coincidentally, Mayor Bloomberg in his UNC graduation speech with a zombie political joke also quoted Woody Allen. Woody’s, particularly New York Jewish, neuroses about death are seemingly a natural pairing for the unnatural monsters. Woody Allen (not dead yet!) has already achieved immortality in Hollywood culture.

I found this pic on a post with zombie celebrities:
zombie woody allen

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