I’m a horror fiction writer. At the very core of what I do is capitalize on the fear and discomfort of others to tell a story. While I’m far from the best, I do a damn fine job most of the time at coming up with some creepy scenarios and scary characters. I am also a proponent of the idea that the human race is the single greatest achievement in all the known universe. We have created art, literature, music, and in many cases devoted lifetimes of work to understanding the very nature of that universe we live in. That said, I have been troubled by the Ebola outbreak that is burning though West Africa and threatens to kill as many as a million people by January. While one wonders if a cure would already be available had this plague hit in North America, Europe or parts of Asia controlled by Russia and China (or the “civilized world” as come like to call it) I’m not going to debate such inflammatory hypothetical situations. My problem lies in a news article I started seeing on the internet today.
Two middle aged women in Africa, victims of Ebola, have reportedly died from the fatal disease only to miraculously return to life shortly before their intended burials. The thought of such a thing is not only horrifying but perverse. The blog you’re on is Danno of the Dead, yes, but making up an idiotic story that will only cause panic in the less educated (or as I call them, Twitter users) will do nothing but at to the fear mongering that is slowing down a vaccine or a cure being found. Then you have those even more ignorant that, while they know it’s a hoax (or believe it is a government “conspiracy”) they are going to continue talking about it as if this justifies their continued delusion of being a “survivalist.”
Let me explain this the best way I can: if there were EVER a zombie apocalypse, 90 to 99 percent of everyone on this planet (self included) would only succeed at panicking, increasing the number of zombies, and tasting absolutely delicious while they do it. More over, sensationalizing something so asinine and impossible takes away from both the legitimate danger and the need for help that exists right now. So, to recap, zombie plagues are all great and fun in fictional settings but are not just unlikely in the real world but physically impossible as well. Neil DeGrasse Tyson actually spoke on this subject and, yes, I know he is an astrophysicist and not a medical anything but he’s still an educated person with a realistic world view and can, much to the chagrin of survivalists and would be zombie hunters everywhere, confirm that a reanimated human corpse is an impossibility. Soon as I can find the article I’ll update this post and share it. Until then, do me a favor and stop sharing this pointless story. A lie is always more powerful than the truth and, circulating through a generation whose lasting legacy seems to be the selfie, it’s likely to do more harm to us than the living dead ever could.