Sometimes what we do to fill our time is just a distraction. We think we need to read the latest bestseller, watch the latest TV series, or buy that new dress that the movie star was wearing. When we do this, we are being zombies.
Orthodox priest Father John Hainsworth has a podcast called “Paradosis”. In one episode, he talks about what it means to be human by using zombies as an example of what it means to NOT be human. He tells us that zombies look human, but they aren’t. What separates zombies from humans is their appetite. They are mindless in their need to consume. They will do anything for their appetite.
How are we different from zombies when we are mindless consumers, having to buy into the latest trend? How are we different from zombies when we sleepwalk through our lives, just going through our routines? How are we different from zombies when we aren’t truly alive to who we were made to be?
It is hard to be fully human. It is hard to wake up. It is hard to know what we want, and who we really are. It is so easy to just go with the herd and be part of the mooing masses. But who wants to be a cow, led to the slaughter?