Category: The Cure


T. S. Eliot’s Hollow Men: A Zombie Poem


Artists are ahead of the rest of us when it comes to understanding the times; in his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, George Romeo created the modern zombie, a picture of humanity in the contest of secular modernism.  I contend that the most insightful of the artists are...

Zombie Jesus Day


“Zombie Jesus Day”?  That's what they call Easter.  They are being provocative or trying impress their like-minded friends.  Perhaps it is because of this attitude that Christian writer Eric Metaxas has taken the position that zombies are a parody of the resurrection of the dead.  I disagree with Metaxas; I think...

Leningrad Cemetery, Winter 1941 — A poem about zombies?


So you don't like poetry?  Give this one a chance, not because the author has won several prestigious awards for her writing, including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.  Not because she is one of the leading voices in contemporary poetry.  And not because she's got incredible range, writing about anything from family to political...

Zombies and Rituals


Both routines and rituals involve a regular repetition of some action. But they are very different. Routines can flatten life: contribute to zombification.  Rituals can thicken life and reverse zombification. Routines are like ordinary time and rituals are linked with "higher times." With a routine there is a clear, linear connection...

Zombies Never Have Birthday Parties


Zombies are, in part, a product of our view of time.  We understand time to be sequential.  Of course there is a sequential dimension to time, but is this the only way we experience time? I don't think so.  Let me illustrate: Is today (January 28, 2016) closer to A) January...

Killing Time


In English we have only one word for time--we might as well call it "zombie time" because it's dead and had a voracious appetite.  The ancient Greeks understood time in two ways, and I think the recovery of this second kind of time might just be one of the cures...

Fear the Walking Dead — “So Close, Yet So Far”


Even before any external crisis, such as the zombie apocalypse, became apparent, the central family in Fear the Walking Dead was being pulled in many different directions. Travis tells his son Chris that "We're all building a family, OK, all of us," but Chris isn't interested in this new project.  He's uwilling...

The Philosophy of Hell


Jean Paul Sartre notoriously said, "Hell is other people." Terry Eagleton counters, "It is exactly the opposite. It is being stuck for all eternity with the most dreary, unspeakably monotonous company of all: oneself." It's not too much of a stretch if I say that there is something hellish about...

Zombies and Human Purpose


Zombies haunt the boundaries of a culture that believes that humanity has no ultimate purpose.  A manufactured object obviously has a purpose that was built into it by its designers, but a lot of people  do not believe this is true for human beings. A comment on TED in response...

Let’s Get More Than Physical


The cure for zombies is in the book Warm Bodies.  (Read more here.) At least the first step.  One of the causes of the zombie infestation is our fear that humanity might be nothing more than atoms in motion.  The zombie is an embodiment of that fear.  If all I am is stuff,...