The author of “Are You on the Zombie Train?” on the VTA Publications website talks about a personal revelation on a commuter train. The tired and suspicious crowd is expected on the rush hour train. With an uncertain state of economy, you would imagine that it would make them even more tired and frightened.
The author took a closer look at the fellow passengers. “[How] were they filling this dead time? What do you think they were all doing? Making calls to run their new home business? Typing away on creating a new marketing promo for their website? Making a lucrative trade? No. They were playing games . . .falling asleep, gossiping about nothing, staring out the window, etc.” The author compares this inaction in the face of disaster to lambs on their way to the slaughterhouse.
What if the author tried to shake their fellow commuters out of their apathy? The author imagines that they would be angry and shout him down. He compares it to “crabs in a basket.” The author ends it by asking the reader if their own apathy and inaction is because of fear of the anger and discouragement of others.
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