All Saints and All Souls Day

by Travis Prinzi on November 1, 2009

Last night, I watched, for the first time, the film 28 Days Later. An incurable infection spreads causing a rabid, inhuman rage within 10-20 seconds of exposure. One small pocket of the uninfected exists, consisting of a few military men and the story’s three main characters.

The military commander gives an interesting speech at one point, in which he explains that this current situation – infected humans killing everyone who remains – is as “normal” as the world has ever been. All he ever saw 28 days before, and 28 days before that, and 28 days before that, was “people killing people.”

And this military commander, who spoke such wise words, was about to give the two female protagonists over to his men to rape.

It’s a stark and ugly picture of humanity. The “uninfected” are just as awful as the infected, ready and willing to commit evil on the very few human survivors that exist. We don’t like these pictures, but I’m of the opinion that it’s better to face reality than ignore it (hence my love for fantasy, fairy tales, and the Gothic, where reality is explored better than in much “realistic” fiction).

While I have some theological disagreement with an All Saints vs. All Souls day (look – if the Corinthians were saints, we all are), there is something theologically powerful about the Hallowe’en —> All Saints and Souls Days progression. Hallowe’en gives us the Gothic picture of the Fallen world as it is – the imagination’s grappling with a world that we all know is a big mess. And after facing our fears on All Hallows’ Eve, we recall the departed and the life to come on Novembers 1 and 2.

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1 Kylia May 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Let’s see if I understand this right. If you’re the Pope and you quote somebody as saying that Islam is “inhuman,” it becomes an occasion for widespread riots around the world in which people get killed, because saying that Islam is “inhuman” is offending their tender, delicate sesivtiinties. On the other hand, if you’re an Arab Muslim and refer to Israeli culture as “inhuman,” it’s okay.


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