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Parsing the Zombie Apocalypse

John Brodix Merryman Jr.
5 min readAug 6, 2022


Objective consideration of multiple sources and perspectives is rapidly becoming heretical. It is not like this is a new phenomena, but several generations have passed with these levels of partisanship confined to the fringes. Now polarization has become the rule. At least among those in any positions of power and those inclined to run with the herd. What gives?

There are forces at work that not only predate the modern world, but go to the nature of reality.

An antelope running with the herd can’t just stop and scratch its ear. Yet little creatures in the forest listen for every rustle of the leaves and watch for every flash in the peripheral vision. It is safety in awareness, rather than numbers.

With modern technology, from weapons to biology, there is no longer the safety in numbers as there used to be, so we should start learning to pay more attention and less bowing to blind belief.

What are the forces driving society?

Let’s start cosmic; Galaxies are energy radiating out, as structure coalesces in.

As these biological organisms, we have the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems processing the energy driving us on, while the central nervous system sorts through the information precipitating out, signals from the noise. Motor and steering.

As executive and regulatory function, government is essentially the central nervous system of society, while money and banking amount to blood and the circulation system, ostensibly circulating value around the community to where it is most effective, though subject to multitudes of motives. Which is a big part of where the role of government comes in. Much as your mind has to mediate between multiple desires. Having your cake and eating it too. The never ending tensions between the anarchies of desire and the tyrannies of judgement.

This isn’t just on the individual and communal levels, as the energies of youth versus the lessons of age are equally elemental to the dynamic of life. Expansion and consolidation. Potential>actual>residual.

The forces driving us out and on, while the obstacles encountered and our responses to them define who we become. Motor and steering.



John Brodix Merryman Jr.

Having an affair with life. It's complicated.