Zombies don’t have a morale check.

Dec 11, 2011
Mark

Zombies don’t feel. Why is that fact important? Modern weaponry is predominately designed to instil fear into a population. Most of the United State’s current weaponry has been developed to deliver a pinpoint attack with minimal peripheral damage. Smart bombs destroy confined targets as designated by GPS and laser designation.

The arsenal does have weapons delivering wide scale destruction. Those don’t matter. The stockpile of weapons can never be enough when the force to be countered lacks a survival instinct. Shock and awe are great buzzwords when fighting a population who can be scared into not responding. Zombies don’t care. So ninety percent of a group is killed? The other 10% keep marching forward intent upon feasting on the deliciousness of their kin.

Undead hold no concept of civilization or human constraints. Bombs can rend them along with an orphanage. Humans will shudder at the loss of the children. Zombies will march along blissfully unaware. Unless a succulent toddler is detected. The survivors will break upon the rocks of their own atrocities.

As survivors pile up the death toll outside a walled bastion, the zombies will keep marching forward. The dead zombies are nothing, were nothing to them. Feet atop exploded heads, the ghouls will march forward. The dead are nothing more than ground to walk upon. Ribs, femurs and skulls are a conveniently provided ladder toward the ultimate goal.

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2 Comments

  • You know what else does not feel pain? Machines. Tanks, construction equipment, armored cars can just roll over zombies and we do not have to care. Zombies are just things to be destroyed, a threat like locusts or sharks, easy to control if you have the tools.

    • Machines have operators who feel. They also need fuel and maintenance, which might not be available. Many individuals would struggle at equating zombies to locusts — especially children, women and the elderly who have fallen to the plague. The psychological effects would be overwhelming to individuals who hadn’t been trained to take orders easily.

      The machines could roll for a while. Until they break down, run out of fuel, or enter an area where maneuvering is limited. They are a short term response to a potentially long term problem. The usefulness could be quite limited in many settings and situations.