Todayâ€™s Topic Is: Psychological Stresses
Iâ€™m going to start by saying whoever thinks Shane is an asshole, you have no fucking clue what it would be like in an apocalypse. If you think you will be the same, mentally, that you are now, in the apocalypse, you are sorely mistaken.
Imagine someone you love getting bit by a zombie. Perhaps it is your best friend. Maybe your cousin. What if it was your brother/sister/mother/father? God forbid it was your child. Look them in the eyes the next time they are with you and honestly tell me you could shoot them in the head without your heart breaking. Without it haunting you every day. And every time you close your eyes, you see them crying, begging you to shoot them or not to shoot them. Either way, if you are human, it will affect you. You wonâ€™t escape the apocalypse without having to kill someone you love.And then when you are in a survivor group (or alone if you prefer), you come to accept the fact that everyone that you knew in your â€œpast lifeâ€ are all dead or zombies. Look at Will Smith in â€œI Am Legendâ€, his character says, â€œEVERYONE is deadâ€ when Anna and Ethan arrive. The â€œlieâ€ he had told himself to survive was shattered with their arrival. What if that happens to you? You think everyone from your past is dead and gone, and then a new survivor arrives and you know them. What about all the people that you left behind? Maybe one of them is alive too! So do you go look for them? How do you deal with it?
Just because Shane has guilt and some â€œissuesâ€ doesnâ€™t mean he is an asshole and is crazy. In the face of all the shit that went down, all the bullets he had to put into peopleâ€™s heads, the guilt he feels for sleeping with Lorie, the guilt of killing Otis, and the intense anger he is feeling, he still has enough of his wits about him to â€œdo the right thingâ€ which is to protect his family. You can only hope that you still maintain some of your sanity when the world you know goes to shit and there is no hope of it ever returning to any â€œnormalcyâ€ ever again.
Moral of the Story: Donâ€™t judge someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.