I was sitting around the other night with MizBubs, talking about the state of the world, everything and nothing in particular. I told her something's been on my mind recently, and I can't shake it.
There have been at least 9 or 10 mass shootings in the news since March (hat tip to Jesus' General who has a summary of the incidents). Unlike the general, I don't blame guns--I believe there is a deeper sickness at work, and that's what brings me to my point.
What's been bothering me, and I'm reluctant to even say this out loud, is this nagging question:
What if this is how the beginning of the end looks? If we were, all of us, living in a horror film about some impending nightmarish apocalypse, are these shootings the random news items that would be playing in the background, the foreshadowing unnoticed by the main characters?
Think about the opening of the Dawn of the Dead remake, or the Larry Cohen film from the 70's, God Told Me To.
Should we be looking at these shootings as the first outbreaks of a contagion that is only going to spread and become worse?
So, I'm managing to tamp down my near-galloping paranoia this morning, and then Splotchy sends me this:
Metairie man says stranger chewed, swallowed after taking bite out of his arm
A news item about a possible zombie attack!
The alleged attacker, 48 year old Mario Vargas, is currently being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. I hope for their sake that they have Vargas isolated...as well as his victim.