Zombie Cliche Lookout: Hard Truths
Carl Sagan once said “Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.” There’s a lot of wisdom in this. After all, Sagan was a pretty smart guy. I’ve seen this phrase quoted or nearly quoted in a variety of places, often via the token “smart” character in fiction. Tyrion Lannister of A Song of Ice and Fire (AKA Game of Thrones) says it almost exactly, for instance. The take away: this is a smart idea that smart people have.
Now you can (and should) apply this maxim to your everyday life, but we’re here to talk about zombies, so let’s stay on task. I mentioned last episode that, while a positive attitude is essential, it’s important that it’s well seasoned with realism. Thinking positively will help keep you moving and motivated to continue doing the things that are necessary for survival. Taking this too far, however, might just cause you to take things for granted. Positive assumptions like this can be deadly mistakes when there are zombies lurking about.
About this Episode:
You’ll notice that Sam doesn’t get a line in today’s episode (this will be a trend for a little bit). This is intentional for a couple reasons. Foremost, because this little story arc isn’t about Sam; it’s about Tara and her dad. He’s there but only as a minor participant. Second, because I think it’s kind of funny that they’re arguing about Tara going with him without him actually agreeing to anything.
Discussion Question: Leaving Someone
Here’s a tough one: what would it take for you to leave a loved one? In this case, you can be reasonably sure that you won’t see them again, nor will they survive long on their own. That said, you can also be fairly certain that staying with them won’t do much for either of your survival chances. Stay together, and you’ll both likely die.