In the past, humanity feared the so called “end of days” or “Armageddon” to the point where discussion of the subject would only take place when absolutely necessary, or would be brought up by figures interested in controlling a population with fear.
This is not the case at all in modern culture, with the complete and utter destruction of society becoming one of its most popular focuses.
Recently, the untimely demise of human civilization has been a primary focus in all types of media, be it novels, movies, television or the Internet.
From novels detailing ways to survive the zombie apocalypse and films about Earth fighting back against mankind to reality television, where real-life families prepare themselves for “the inevitable end,” humanity seems to have a sudden appetite for the apocalypse.
But why? Why do we fantasize about the end of the world? Why do we think about living like bloodthirsty savages in a land ravaged by plague, monsters and other bloodthirsty savages when most of us panic when we misplace our cellphone? I have ideas, but no definitive answers.
I honestly think that this whole fixation with the death of society is due to the restrictions that society places on us.
As human beings, no matter how much we saturate our lives with technology, advanced learning and intense socializing, there exists a primal being within all of us. It is not something which we can eliminate.
Sure, outlets like sports or other forms of physical exercise can serve to suppress or focus this inner animal, but that hidden beast is always raging in silence, demanding release from the chains of self-restraint.
It’s this inner suppression that I feel is the root cause of our recent obsession with the zombie apocalypses, or societal destruction.
Those events taking place would almost guarantee the unchecked release of “the beast,” and the satisfaction of the primal desire to kill and pillage.
Whatever the case, I sure hope the apocalypse doesn’t actually happen, because society won’t stand a chance when the undead actually start rising.
If you think for a second that your middle class, suburban existence will allow you to morph into a ruthless, zombie-terminating commando overnight, you’ll probably be that one guy who dies day two from eating an expired can of Spam.
For most of us, society has killed much of what enabled the human to rise to the mantle of apex predator, but left all of our ambition, our pride and rage, in place.
This is a recipe for destruction, but not the kind humanity could easily adapt to.