Colson Whitehead's post-apocalyptic book Zone One describes in hilarious detail the zombies that are occupying Manhatten. In an interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Whitehead describes how zombies' might go home and watch television and wait for a broadcast that will never appear. If someone is a psychiatrist, he might go to his office and wait for a dead person who had an appointment and would never show.
His descriptions made me think about how much those zombies sound like real people now - any of us - pointing the remote at the television and flipping channels, with little hope of filling the lonely hole in the pit of our stomachs.
What's the antidote to this dilemma? In USA Today last week, an article about Steve Job made me think that his philosophy is responsive to the Zombie Dilemma.
Jobs spent his life devoted to the principles of Buddhism and living every day as if it were his last. Jobs said: "Your time is limited. So don't waste it living someone else's life.
...have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." (USA Today p 11A)
Thanks, Steve...for everything...