Zombies are a big thing right now. Books, movies, multiple T.V. series and even in a Wii game. I am sure they are popular in other venues as well.
It really eludes me as to why zombies have become so popular. I fail to understand how and why can one find the concept of the walking dead entertaining? Perhaps it has to do with the lack of hope many people feel; (statistics show a rise in interest in that type of entertainment whenever times are “hard.”)
I, Dan, unfortunately, watched World War Z. I had no clue it was about zombies. Somehow I did not get that from reading the one paragraph explanation about it. I certainly did not feel it was an action, thriller movie. While watching it I was amazed at the lack of plot and how I begin predicting what would happen next. Anyway…..
Because of the high profile zombie-ness going on my kids were asking if there really were zombies. I of course said no.
And yet . . . .
One of the things so sad about living here in Nampula is that people who are mentally ill, “crazy,” wander the streets to fend for themselves. Over the last 9+ years the number of homeless, crazy people walking the streets has increased.
They are usually wearing rags, but sometimes naked. Perhaps they are merely walking around but often are carrying large loads of rubbish. It’s not uncommon to see them digging through trash piles for food or running from the food vender they just stole from. They are men or women; young or old. They all are covered in dust, burnt by the sun and have the same look.
It’s an empty, lost, confused look. A look of being far away, somewhere else.
I am struck by the fact that these people are the walking dead. They are, in many ways, zombies. They have no connection with who they were, who they are, or even more important, who they were created to be. Some of these poor souls are this way because of drug use (as a taxi driver told me one day when we drove by one of these men…the taxi driver said he and that man had gone to school together but that man went after drugs). Some are this way due to psychological damage from being in the war or abuse which has occurred. Some are this way because of demons that control them.
No matter the reason why, they are zombie-like, they are none the less the real walking dead – physically alive but not living.
My heart breaks each time I see these men and women. I pray for them and that God would bring people to Nampula who could help them. Please join me in praying for these men and women, the “zombies (walking dead)” that we see day in and day out…..