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: Half Human


Luigi Giussani (The Religious Sense 40-44) says that human beings are composed of two realities.  The first reality he is the measurable and the second is immeasurable. Zombies are a picture of humanity, bereft of the this second reality. The material world has the qualities of height and depth and weight and temperature--these are all...

It’s easy to be good when you live in the suburbs.


I'm a pretty good guy.  At least this is how I think of myself.  I don't steal and am generally honest.  If someone needs help, I will help them. I'm not as good as some of my neigbours, but I'm certainly better than others.  Also to my credit, I confess to...

Zombie Isolation: From the World


Zombies have very little connection to the world they inhabit. Human beings engage the world through our senses, but, except for the sense of smell, zombies have inferior sensory engagement with their surroundings.  Although it is likely that one of the recently "turned" will have visual acuity similar to that...

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,...

Partial Bibliography of Zombie Resources


Alsford, Mike. Heroes and Villains. London: Darton, 2006. Print. Asma, Stephen T. On Monsters: An Unnatural History of our Worst Fears. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 20009. Print. Bishop, Kyle William. American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture. Jefferson: McFarland, 2010. Print....

Jesus, Peter and Zombies: The Walking Dead — Season 5, Episode 4


Can you believe it?!  Dr. Stephen Edwards, indirectly, murders another doctor just to prevent the chance of his being replaced.  What a sniveling coward.  He admits that he did it because of fear.  We all know a maggot when we see it. And yet, if we are honest with ourselves,...

The Walking Dead — Season 5, Episode 3


Since episode 1 we have been presented with two very clear paths--Rick Grimes and company are trying to remain human; Gareth and his crew have given humanity up for survival. The essential question is, What is a human being?  Not just what am I, but what is the guy who...

The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 2


It's not my intention to post after each episode of The Walking Dead, but in episode 2 we end up in a church.  How can I not post a few observations. Did you notice how much forgiveness is going on in this episode?  Not only does Tyreese forgive Carol, he will insist...