Thursday, April 26, 2012

Zombie Ethics

My husband and I have been catching up on episodes of The Walking Dead.  We are frequent watchers of Zombie movies and other horror movies.  In fact, I swear the moment we fell in love was when we found out we both loved Evil Dead.

I never have nightmares after watching scary movies.  Well, with the one exception when I was 5.  But now for two nights in a row I have found myself having nightmares.

Not really about Zombies.  No, my nightmares have been about lost and/or injured children.  Because I'm a mom and if anything is going to scare the crud out of me, it's the thought of something hurting my children.

I have one "rule" when it comes to horror movies/shows/books.  Do whatever you want to everyone else but leave the pregnant women, babies and children alone.  In fact my husband has felt my wrath several times after convincing me to watch a movie (that he had previously viewed) in which my rule wasn't followed.  (I'm also not a fan of "revenge" movies.)

In fact, he convinced me to read the first Walking Dead comic book and I was pretty mad at him after I finished it.  I refused to read any more.

Despite myself, I have been sucked into the show.

Let's just say they keep toying with my emotions and keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Last night was the first night I didn't have the nightmares.  Probably because I was up half the night wrestling with an ethical dilemma.

Would it be right/ok to "kill" a Zombie?

Are Zombies people too?

Are Zombies already dead anyway so it doesn't matter if you shoot them?

Yes, these are the questions that keep me up at night.  I know.  I'm a geek.

It's a discussion I've actually had many times with my husband.

Me: "Honey, if you ever become a Zombie, I will tie you to a chair in front of the X-box, Shaun of the Dead style, and you can spend your days shooting video game Zombies."

(Come on.  Tell me you see the humor and irony in that?!)

Him: "No, if I ever become a Zombie, just shoot me in the head."

Me: "I don't think I could."

Him: "You would do it if you really love me."

Me: "Sigh."

So, which is the right thing to do?

Should we just shoot all the Zombies and end their possible (if Zombies have feeling) suffering?

Should we lock them all up and hope for a cure?

But what would the cure be?

Hypothetically, the "Zombie virus" simply reanimates the brain of a dead person.  Even the brain is only partly reanimated.  Basic motor skills.  That's it.

So, what would the cure do?  Well, if it kills the virus, it kills the reanimation of the brain.  Which would result in a dead non-motorized body.

If the cure is to simply stop the reanimation of the brain, couldn't a gunshot to the head also be considered a "cure?"

I think the biggest question is, does a Zombie have a soul?

Or, does the soul leave the body at the moment of death and the Zombie is simply a reanimated shell of a former human being?

If they do still have souls, would they be doomed to spend the rest of time trapped inside a reanimated non-dying body?

I certainly don't feel qualified to answer that question.

If the Zombie Apocalypse happened in your lifetime and you found yourself "turned" would you want someone to just "put you out of your misery?"

Would you be able to "kill" a friend or a loved one if they were "turned?"

Can you kill someone who is already dead?
And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death will fly from them.  Revelation 9:6