Don’t be a zombie

 

Sometimes what we do to fill our time is just a distraction.  We think we need to read the latest bestseller, watch the latest TV series, or buy that new dress that the movie star was wearing. When we do this, we are being zombies.

Orthodox priest Father John Hainsworth has a podcast called “Paradosis”.  In one episode, he talks about what it means to be human by using zombies as an example of what it means to NOT be human.  He tells us that zombies look human, but they aren’t.  What separates zombies from humans is their appetite.  They are mindless in their need to consume.  They will do anything for their appetite.

How are we different from zombies when we are mindless consumers, having to buy into the latest trend? How are we different from zombies when we sleepwalk through our lives, just going through our routines?  How are we different from zombies when we aren’t truly alive to who we were made to be?

It is hard to be fully human.  It is hard to wake up.  It is hard to know what we want, and who we really are.  It is so easy to just go with the herd and be part of the mooing masses.  But who wants to be a cow, led to the slaughter?

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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