Zombies really represent Gerascophia, which is a fear of getting old. The Zombie genre is so popular since the fear of getting old is universal. In fact, many people fear the incapacitates and indignities of old age more than they fear death itself. The Who song My Generation, comes right our and says “Hope I die before I get old.”
When the young beautiful people run from Zombies in movies, they are really running from old age. Here are the hints that show what Zombies are really about.
- Like old people Zombies don’t remember who they once were. However, they congregate at places like malls which they used to enjoy. Walking aimlessly in malls seems to be a big attraction for zombies (and old people in the real world).
- In most movies, Zombies walk slowly like old people. (Of course, newer movies have brought in faster Zombies to add to the excitement).
- Zombies never seem to actually die. They just look worse and worse like someone slowly aging.
- In a huge portion of the zombie movies the people are never able to actually escape the fate of becoming a zombie. No matter how far you run or what you do the zombies (old age) eventually catches up with you.
- The people best at fighting zombies are the young ad beautiful
- In most zombie movies, there is no cure, although many potions get tried. (Just look on the internet sometime and see how many “anti-aging” pills and creams are for sale.)
- Euthanasia is often practiced in zombie movies.
- If you are touched or bitten by a zombie you will become one. This goes back to fears that many children have of extremely old people. In fact, the terms Gerascophobia (or Gerontophobia) are used to describe both the fear or getting old and the fear of old people themselves. People are so afraid of the elderly that that subconsciously end up envisioning aged people as monsters (Zombies).
So the next time you are screaming at a zombie movie remember that you may really be letting loose your primeval fears of aging. Of course, that means that the primitive part of your brain may be thinking of kindly old Grandma and Grandpa as horrible zombies that would be better off dead. But don’t feel too bad. After all you are doing it subconsciously.
So have a good scream. Bring those fears to the surface and let them out. Besides, no matter what you do the zombie (old age) is going to catch up with you in real life, even if the people somehow manage to get away in the movies.
Then stop worrying about it. Maybe that’s why we love animals so much. They don’t sit around worrying about how old they are or what will happen when they get older. Animals don’t spend their time worrying about their life. They spend their time living it.