Ten Commandments

We Don't Do That...Except When We Do

We Don't Do That...Except When We Do

We have all encountered them. They are those strange product labels and warning stickers that it seems should be totally unnecessary. I think I've referred to them once before. Do we need to be told for instance that shampoo is for external use only? It would also seem apparent that when attempting to start a chainsaw it is patently unwise to grab the business end of said saw, and yet apparently some machines are affixed with a label that warns against that very practice. It has been suggested that if there is a printed warning against it, that label only proves someone has done exactly what it cautions against. I’m not so sure about that.

Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Where I live a nearby town has adopted what seems to me a rather odd annual custom. Each fall a local nonprofit organization sponsors an event referred to as the “Zombie Walk.” It’s a simple idea really. People sign up to participate in the walk and they recruit others to sponsor them. On the appointed day participants don elaborate makeup and gruesome costumes, meander down city streets, and masquerade as the walking dead among the living. It is of course all in jest, poking fun at our own mortality as it were, and for the benefit of a number of good causes. The money raised by participants is donated to a number of local charities several of which are, ironically, supported by my own church. Thus one might suggest that the “Zombie Walk” serves notice that even the culture at large is capable in some small way of redeeming the unfortunate reality of death…