What we can learn from zombies

We’ve blogged in the past on the dangers of “zombie titles”.    But a greater danger of this ongoing recession and insecure time in our country’s economy, indeed in the world economy, is the bankrupting and death of the soul.  It is a profound reflection on our culture that zombie movies and TV shows are so prevalent right now.

In the wildly popular TV series – The Walking Dead – the humans resort to making their home in a prison!   The old assumption that man’s home is his castle was threatened by the constant break-ins by zombies in homes less secure.   I wonder sometimes if we don’t rob our homes of security by inviting in so many intrusions from media and empty busyness.    Many followers of the TV Show  – Preppers – see zombies not as seemingly harmless multi-media interruptions and distractions but as allegorical types of those desperate homeless that will roam the earth seeking food and shelter when the world economy does finally crash completely.

My bottom line conclusion is that you and I have a lot of important living to do between now and the apocalypse.  We are here for a reason.  Don’t let fears of future zombies distract you from your greater purpose today.  Don’t give permission to media to turn you into a zombie in your own home or prevent you from recharging your batteries and focusing on your purpose in life.   Whether you are in an apartment or a mansion, exercise dominion over your home as best you can, and make it what you need it to be.

One astute seminarian, Matthew Childs, says that some of the best lessons about surviving hard economic times are found not in amassing survival skills, weapons and food in an “Us versus Them” world.   The key is to quiet the distractions and invest time in identifying why we are here.  Home, such as it is right now, should be the place that helps us take steps to accomplish our greater purpose.  “What makes one human? Is it not possession of a soul, the divine spark, which sets us apart from animals (and zombies)? In a world where people are pushed to the very edge of humanity, compassion and integrity are still lionized. Walking Dead explores the notion that even in troubling times it is what you do with your spark that matters.”

Our law firm maintains a practice in bankruptcy, mainly as a way to help our clients beat foreclosure when all other defenses fail.  Bankruptcy is a limited tool that needs to fit into a bigger picture in the lives of those who use it.  I will never forget the phrase that Bible Teacher and former bankruptcy Judge Hal Bonney would use in every single discharge lecture that he gave to debtors seeking a fresh start:   “Let me remind you that the measure  of your worth as a person is far greater than the sum of the things you own.”

The biggest danger in this recession is that we will waste it!

“What will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings?”   . . .  There was  a voice so loud  on Mt. Sinai that it shook the planet as man was entrusted with the Ten Commandments . . .   “but now he (our Creator)  makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.”    May these days of financial sickness help you find health in your soul – find what is unshakable in who you are and help you become a fountain of abundance for those around you.

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