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Tom Toles
Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/21/2013

My, what sunken eyes you have!

What does Doomed look like? Look around. Why are we fascinated by zombies? That one I can answer. People like stories about themselves. We ARE the zombies.

We are eager for the post-apocalyptic world, and all we need is the final apocalypse. We got on our shamblin’ shoes and we are ready to shamble. We’ve practiced our crooked, saggy faces, and our stumbling, shuffling gait, and while we still bathe and comb our hair, give us time, give us time.

We inherited a world that, whatever its many defects, was a world with natural parameters we could rely on. A vast planet-wide network of more-or-less stable ecosystems and weather patterns you could build a civilization on. Yawn. Civilization is for REGULAR humans. Zombies have DIFFERENT ideas of a good time. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/18/scientists-agree-on-climate-change-so-why-doesnt-everyone-else/

If everything gets wrecked, then we can get down to the real fun of mutual predation. We know what we’re doing. The science is all there now, telling us how destabilizing the climate COULD be avoided, and some wonder why the message doesn’t resonate. It DOES resonate! But what they don’t understand is that on some level we must WANT catastrophe. It’s the only explanation left.

And there, right there on the op-ed page of the Washington Post yesterday, was a brightly featured piece by a Congressman (Congress is the place the zombies ALREADY control), arguing one more time that the climate science was unsettled (no, I’m not going to link to it), and his fervent recommendation that we should continue shambling forward, into the catastrophe we so dearly want to sag our faces at.

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