Release the Zombies!
“I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld, I will smash the door posts, and leave the doors flat down,
And will let the dead go up to eat the living!
And the dead will outnumber the living!”
Epic of Gilgamesh
I had a friend fairly new to recovery share an illuminating moment with me last week. He had been in one of the big box stores late in the evening when he ran into a couple he knew from his drug abusing past. Fairly well lit and sort of stumbling through the store like a pair of zombies, they were looking to upgrade their lockbox to a more secure personal safe for the storage of their illicit drugs.
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It wasn’t exactly the lurching gate and blood shot eyes of this couple that brought out the zombie comparison though, instead it was fact that they were infecting those close to them with the substance abuse affliction much like those who are bitten in The Night of the Living Dead.
Apparently the couple was upgrading the security of their stash because they had noticed that their kids had been sneaking into it. Well, if they must use drugs at least they are trying to keep their kids safe… right? Not hardly. The illuminating moment, when my friend connected the dots of collateral damage, came when the father explained that he was tired of them stealing HIS DRUGS. He wasn’t concerned about the drug use of his children just as long as they weren’t taking them from his supply!
I guess that is what you get when you lock two healthy kids into a trailer with brain eating zombies… they become infected.