I’ve been thinking about monsters lately.
But today is ELECTION DAY! Go VOTE!
Be thankful that you live in a place where this is a privilege. We are blessed that people are willing to serve us and our country/states/cities.
Honestly, election season always wears me out. I get so tired of hearing of candidates’ weaknesses and flaws. It’s a wonder anyone is willing to offer themselves as targets. The claws and the teeth tearing each other apart rarely makes anyone look better.
But at least they aren’t zombies!
I’m really not a fan of zombies. Besides their vicious tendency to bite really big holes into people, they don’t have souls or intent, so as villains or antagonists, they just aren’t very satisfying in my opinion. And yet, it can be interesting how people handle them. They certainly trigger some fascinating group/mob reactions in each of the above story lines.
(Go VOTE! Before the zombie apocalypse sets in with anarchy and chaos!)
But it’s got me thinking about zombies and other monsters.
It seems to me that different monsters are good for looking at different character flaws.
Vampires in all their cold gorgeous allure seem to go with ideas of vanity and self-preservation. They speak to our denial of aging.
Werewolves show our animal instincts. How we’re not, perhaps, as civilized as we pretend.
Ghosts speak to our fear of unfinished business. Of not doing and saying the things that matter while we have the time.
And zombies – well, they seem to represent our fear of doing what we swore we’d never do. Of crossing lines losing ourselves completely. Of not having souls. But seriously, how do they take such gigantic bites out of other people? Don’t they have regular human teeth – and why aren’t those teeth falling out along with all their other decaying flesh?
Go VOTE! Even if the candidates look a bit tainted by this time of election season, none of them are zombies. (Yet)
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK