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Every morning I wake up at nearly the same time and start doing the same things again and
again. The modern life is just like zombie slaughtering. This is a something which often pops up
in my mind whenever I hear the word zombie or think about them especially after reading “My
Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead” by Chuck Klosterman. “A lot of
modern life is exactly like slaughtering zombies(Klosterman, 41). This initially seems like a
strange thing to say, given that at no point in our daily lives do most of us feel as though our
lives are literally threatened by undead monsters.
However, Klosterman means that the zombie is a fantasy figure, a symbol of how daily life
makes us feel; especially in it’s more regimented and repetitive aspects. It has the same
psychological and social implications as slaughtering the zombies and the modern life has to be
faced in the same way. Zombies and handling zombies are like the modern life people have faced
their daily routines; a mechanization and monotony in every aspect of their lives. Nearly the
same tasks and challenges each day like the zombies, who do not differ from each other much.
It is really like that. Slaughtering zombies is a simple process, they come in lines and people
keep slaughtering them till they are exhausted or zombies are exhausted and the entire process is
entirely simple and straightforward. There is nothing complicated or scientific to understand.
Zombies come in, they are simple to target, you learn targeting them and there they go. People
learn how to slaughter them and the process continues.
There is no special skill people need to learn to slaughter the zombies, so is the modern life.
People just need to develop a daily routine and this would continue for the rest of their lives.
There may be no special thing people need to learn to face the new challenges and the

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knowledge they acquired initially could continue indefinitely. This is one similarity which the
modern life has with the zombie phenomenon.
One particular point to be noted in this context is the boredom associated with the daily life.
Each day for a working man even, starts with getting up early in the morning, going for work,
spending the day with the same tasks as ever, signing off from work, returning back home,
spending some time with the family and finally sleeping to complete the cycle before a new day
which shall repeat all the activities of the preceding day just like the way we slaughter zombies.
One comes, gets slaughtered, the next comes, gets slaughtered and so on and so forth.
“Every zombie war is a war of attrition. It’s always a number’s game. And it’s more repetitive
than complex. In other words, zombie killing is philosophically similar to reading and deleting
400 work e mails on a Monday morning or filling out paperwork, or following Twitter gossip out
of obligation, or performing tedious tasks in which the only true risk is being consumed by
avalanche. The principal downside to any zombie attack is that the zombies will never stop
coming; the principal downside to life is that you will never be finished with whatever it is you
do” (Klosterman, 41). Klosterman has depicted a true analogy of daily life to zombie
slaughtering by comparing the boredom and monotony associated with both. People can never be
finished with their daily routine tasks they are doing till they die. They keep coming to them till
their last breath and finish only after they are finished with their lives.
As zombies continue coming over indefinitely, so does the events in the modern life; they keep
unfolding at people indefinitely and with the same frequency as ever. Klosterman describes that
“Zombies are like the Internet and the media and every conversation we don’t want to have. All
of it comes endlessly (and thoughtlessly) and- if we surrender-will be overtaken and absorbed”

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Every morning I wake up at nearly the same time and start doing the same things again and again. The modern life is just like zombie slaughtering. This is a something which often pops up in my mind whenever I hear the word zombie or think about them especially after reading “My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead” by Chuck Klosterman. “A lot of modern life is exactly like slaughtering zombies” (Klosterman, 41). This initially seems like a strange thing to say, given that at no point in our daily lives do most of us feel as though our lives are literally threatened by undead monsters. However, Klosterman means that the zombie is a fantasy figure, a symbol of how daily life makes us feel; especially in it’s more regimented and repetitive aspects. It has the same psychological and social implications as slaughtering the zombies and the modern life has to be faced in the same way. Zombies and handling zombies are like the modern life people have faced their daily routines; a mechanization and monotony in every aspect of their lives. Nearly the same tasks and challenges each day like the zombies, who do not differ from each other much. It is really like that. S ...
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