"The walking dead.” These are the words of African-American soldier Leon Bass as he described the horror he saw when Americans liberated prisoners in the Buchenwald prison camp in April 1945. Today some call confirmed drug addicts “the walking dead.” Then there’s the book/film Dead Man Walking—which describes many of us spiritually.
There was a man who thought he was dead. When his wife asked him to carry out the garbage, he would answer, “I can’t, I’m dead.” Finally in exasperation she asked him if he thought dead men could feel pain. When he responded negatively, she pinched him as hard as she could, to which he blurted out, “What do you know, dead men can feel pain.” That may be a humorous way of reflecting on an imagined psychological status. But what is more tragic than to be dead spiritually, yet be acting as if we were alive?