The following is are musings about Christian Science and zombies by Ex-Christian Scientists, Chrystal and Zosh. Happy Halloween.
Chrystal: I have noticed in recent years that folks in the general United States population seem to be fascinated by zombies. I don’t remember this being a “thing” when I was younger. Witches, skeletons, Frankenstein – all of these were things. But it wasn’t so much a “thing” with the zombies until recently, unless, of course, my head was truly in the sand. (Which, undoubtedly, it was.)
Zosh: yeah, I’ve noticed that people are interested in zombies. Definitely.
Chrystal: I have never been fascinated with zombies. At all. They sort of creep me out, but not in the same way as the giant snake in Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets does. That’s just big and scary, but clearly imaginary. There is something different, to me, to the zombie experience.
Zosh: Years ago, when I was still trying to attend the Christian Science church, I took my girlfriend to a church service. She looked around and said, “They look like walking zombies.“
Chrystal: Oh my gosh, my boyfriend who is now my husband calls it “The White-Haired Church.” And now that you mention that, it’s so clear. So many of the Christian Science church goers & church members have bandaids on their faces, or visible deformities.
Zosh: They totally do.
Chrystal: It’s like walking through a graveyard there. Some of the people are alive and smiling. And others are just like the walking dead. Every week, I expected to see some of them suddenly walk in, completely healed from the ailments they have literally carried on their body.
All of us can see their deformities. It’s right there, in plain sight! But we were always supposed to pretend we couldn’t see it.
Zosh: We were supposed to “rise above it.”
Chrystal: It makes me so sad to think about these people. Some of them are genuinely good, kind, creative people. And they have something that definitely needs a doctor to look at. But they refuse to get medical care.
Zosh: “Yeah all of them seemingly trapped in their own head with no one willing to listen.”
Chrystal: I keep hearing stories of people dying due to face cancer. As in: cancer on their face. Their nose, their neck, their cheek. It eats them alive. And they never get care. It breaks my heart.
Zosh: They are totally mind zombies for sure. Plus rather than sucking the life out of you they proverbially suck the life out of your mind. Stripping it of the ability to do what it should be doing naturally, feeling.”
Chrystal: I now go to doctors and get an annual skin check up. It’s in my line up of annual checkups. I get the annual physical with a regular doctor. I get the annual skin check up with my dermatologist. I get the annual pap smear with my gynecologist, and she refers me to a practice where I get my annual mammogram. And then I’m good to go for another year. There’s no medicine in any of it, it’s easy to get all of this done. I wish everyone did it, everyone — including Christian Scientists.
Zosh: Annual checkups weren’t a thing for us growing up. But I am going now and so glad to be learning normal self-care. We didn’t grow up with it. That’s for sure.
Chrystal: I hope you have a nice Halloween and don’t encounter any real-life zombies!
Zosh: Haha, you too. Happy Halloween!
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One Reply to “Musings on Zombies”
Dear Chrystal & Zosh,
I relate to this post so much. I have given this some thought and have realized that in Christian Science, I was always taught that this body walking around is a “mortal body.” “It’s not a part of who I actually am. Who I actually am is [list good qualities here] and not a body made of bones and things.”
I was also taught that “mort” comes from the word “death” in Latin. Mortal Body. Dead Body. Walking around. A zombie.
Thank you for this post. I wonder if I will ever start to see the appeal of zombies as others do. I love Halloween, but think Zombies are over-rated. Ah, isn’t it “lovely” – all the ways Christian Science ruined fun things for us? (Not really.)
My son loves to watch the show, “MythBusters,” and they did a whole zombie episode which was hilarious. They talk at the beginning of the episode how volunteers could come be on the episode & be dressed as a zombie. I was amazed at how many people wanted to do this. That was completely crazy to me!! I sure wouldn’t have seen the appeal to do it. I enjoyed the episode because it was funny. That’s the closest I have come to appreciating this whole zombie thing.
It had never occurred to me that it was yet ANOTHER layer of the Christian Science crazy whack-a-doo in my brain. (Hahaha – brain – zombies eat brains #SeeWhatIDidThere)
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