Zombie Cliche Lookout: Painful Past, Painful Future

George Santayana once said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is usually paraphrased as “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” I do like this paraphrasing for what it’s worth, but I also think it profoundly changes the message. Past and history, while similar, have vastly different connotation. People tend to think of their lives as having a past. History seems to be saved for bigger things: the Civil War, the fall of Rome, etc. Because of that, the quote is usually interpreted  in terms of global history: stop madmen like Hitler before they get too powerful, and that sort of thing.

But of course, it applies to events big and small. When you make a mistake, you have an opportunity. You can turn that mistake into a learning experience and better yourself, or you can wallow in it. That’s often easier said then done when it comes to extremely painful personal experiences, but there it is.

So what does all this have to do with zombies? After all, if you make a mistake when trying to survive a zombie attack, odds are you won’t get an opportunity to learn from it. I guess you should just try to learn from other people’s mistakes and history. Yeah, let’s go with that.

About this Episode:

It’s kind of weird transitioning from shooting something like that dark, claustrophobic tunnel to this bright, open chapel. Not only is the lighting different, I also have a lot more opportunity when it comes to framing my shots. I gave into that temptation a bit with the first panel. And this is the cropped version, the original shot was even wider.

Discussion Question: Coping with Trauma

Let’s say you and Sam are buddies. What sort of advice would you give him for coping with and getting through the trauma he experienced with his wife? Or, more generally speaking, what sort of strategies could a survivor use to deal with the psychological assaults that would come part and parcel with surviving the zombie apocalypse?