Bear with me.
I haven't fully fleshed this out, but maybe in comments.
I remember when zombies were a function of voodoo.
This was my first exposure and a really good one:
Remember "Omega Man" with Charlton Heston?
That was written by Richard Matheson who died fairly recently (last June).
It was actually based on a book he did in the 50's called "I Am Legend".
In that story, a biological event had turned a large amount of the population into "vampires".
Omega Man did not do the story justice.
Neither did the Will Smith movie.
Neither clued you in as to why the main character was legend.
Ask in comments and I'll tell you why.
Lately, zombie films have functioned on the same premise: some widespread biological event makes some people "inhuman".
You've probably seen (promos at the least for) "The Walking Dead".
A couple nights ago, I saw an episode as I was flipping through the channels and stopped to watch.
Some Zombies were leaving a barn, and a stand of non-affected humans started gunning them down.
I was busy on the computer reading your blogs when I saw the normals stop shooting. I hadn't bothered to change channels.
That's when the little girl came shambling out of the barn, snarling, eyes weird, etc.
And you knew it would happen.
One of the adults approached the child and shot her in the head.
Now World War Z.
What can we learn from this?
Is it this:
Sometimes there are illnesses that are so debilitating, so incurable, so hideous and scary that the proper thing to do is shoot the victim in the head. ?
The other day, my friends from across the street were describing her uncle and his recent behavior under the influence of Alzheimer's Disease (how you like to have that one named after you?).
"He never talked to anyone like that in his life!"
When she had looked away, I turned to her boyfriend and put two fingers to my head and he nodded.
And then I got it.
Thus this post.
I have a friend at church it's hitting.
One of my best friends (my Best Man) is headed that way. A really brilliant guy. Earlier in his life.
A friend's mom.
My former boss's dad.
Another friend's friend.
My Grandma had been in a mental hospital nearby called "Eloise".
If you ever read of "Bedlam", that was it.
Shambling, vacant stares, unruly behavior, restraints.
It's been torn down since the ACLU sued to have all mental problem people released from custody, something Reagan got blamed for.
I've seen someone very close to me look like that in the middle of an epileptic seizure.
If you've been reading awhile, you know who.
And we're being trained that it's OK to shoot them.
Or have Obamacare Death Panels figure it out.