I think that in the semiconductor world one has to realize that there are a number of different dynamics that drive the industry,.. One of the most important things, which provide some security, is the fact that technology changeovers are a very important source of growth. In particular, in the communications world we're seeing lots of new standards, we're seeing the world move from copper protocols to optical fiber communications. So in some of these segments, almost independently of the economy at large, there's going to be huge growth just as we move into these new technologies and we take on these new areas in semiconductors.
The zombie looks like a man, walks like a man, eats and otherwise functions fully, yet is devoid of the spark. It represents the nagging doubt that lays deep in the heart of even the most zealous believer: Our true fear of the zombie was never that its bite would turn us into one of them. Our fear is that we are already zombies.
What humans want most of all, is to be right. Even if we're being right about our own doom. If we believe there are monsters around the next corner ready to tear us apart, we would literally prefer to be right about the monsters, than to be shown to be wrong in the eyes of others and made to look foolish.
Our little tribal circles, bound by social contracts and selfish mutual need. Everyone working in their own greedy self-interests and huddling together with their tribe, at war with all those outside who they regard as barely human. What breaks a human mind out of that iron cage of mistrust, is a sacrifice. The martyr who gives up everything, who abandons all personal gain, who lays down his life for the good of those outside his group. He becomes a symbol all can rally around. So instead of trying to make a selfish, violent primate somehow empathize with the whole world, which is impossible, you only need to get him to remember and love the martyr. As one is forgotten, another must replace it.