Wouldn't you agree that these times are pretty eerie, like the sci-fi or horror flicks back in the day. I recall scenes of vast, empty spaces--settings for misspent opportunities-- especially on Star Trek and twilight Zone. Space helped create suspense. The good ones had memorable monsters and heroes, and the bad ones were at least funny.
I don't know what to think about our latest Monster. The real one decorated with roses. Our own little parasite. The world doesn't know what hit us! Though some were better prepared than others, mainly Mormons and other dooms day sects. Not to mention people who could read the writing on the wall.
Being an English major during the late 70's, there are pieces of literature and cinema that come to mind as I reflect on the earth's current situation.
The Masque of Red Death, one of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest hits, is a story where death shows up as the uninvited Carnival guest at the prince's highly fortified and secure castle. The prince and his royal court were deceiving themselves into thinking that entitlement would save them from the Black Plague.
Another piece of literature I find fitting for the times is Gabriel Garcia Marquez's, Love in the Time of Cholera.
The black comedy is called A Boy and his Dog. The dog, Blood, communicates telepathically while the two traipse around the ruins of civilization and to various survivor camps.
Vic is lured into an underground religious cult, the Downunder, by a beautiful young woman travelling incognito, whom Blood sniffed out. Turns out, Vic has been set up by the elders to be a sperm donor for the community, because now they need new blood. He can't believe his luck. Until, he finds himself hooked up to something akin to a cow's milking machine. Also stars Jason Robards.
Now, if you're looking for something to occupy your time, and could stand a little more fear in your life, I highly recommend these three classics to help put things in perspective.