Overheard on CNN.com: Are we all 'zombies'?
Recent news events have got readers talking about what constitutes a zombie. Is there one within all of us?
June 1st, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Are we all 'zombies'?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, and we don't necessarily blame you in this case, you are probably familiar with a few recent and very gruesome incidents. Some readers are saying they seem straight out of a zombie apocalypse thriller, while others say the real horror is in making such comparisons. In some cases, it's hard to know what to say about these stories. (Not to mention the New Jersey man who stabbed himself repeatedly and then threw bits of his intestines at police officers.)

Face-attack suspect's mother: My son 'was no zombie'

Is "zombie" the appropriate term here?

rev: "If it walks like a zombie, growls like a zombie and eats human flesh like a zombie, well then, it's probably a zombie."

ma & pa: "If a word label is made up and talked bad about, people will begin to believe it exists. Put that label on anyone and that person is smeared while doing nothing deserving of it. Be careful to not label ... rather describe. Please. That makes facts easier to find."

Readers debated the mother's reaction and the police's proper action.

Jackie: "I can certainly understand the grief of the mother losing her son; that is natural and I'm sorry for her loss. But to say this man should have been subdued by a taser is stretching. The reality is he was gruesomely and violently attacking an innocent man. If it was your son that had been the victim, you might feel differently. This is one of the most hideous crimes I have ever heard of and to allude that the police did something wrong in stopping it is just not right."

John: "Wow, despite the fact that what happened was horrific, you guys are such angry stone throwers. Half of you probably also claim to be somehow affiliated with religion or spirituality. just food for thought."

Sheriff: Maryland student, 21, admits eating housemate's heart, part of brain

Certainly, some are debating the zombie terminology itself. Reacting to the above also-grisly story, one reader asked if we are all the real zombies as we read the stories.

maff: "A lot of you make jokes about serious stuff. This isn't the political section. Someone was chopped up and eaten. That is crazy. But you people are entertained by this. You are the zombies! You are immune to humanity. You feel nothing. You feed on the pain of others. How is it possible that people are really entertained by this? Sure some of the jokes are clever, but it say alot about society that we are able to joke about this stuff ... less and less humane with every passing year."

Brational: "This is so horrible that 'How sad' just doesn't quite cover it. So people's response is to distract themselves and others with humor. You've heard of gallows humor, right? It's being funny in the face of a hopeless situation. I'll go with zombie gallows humor any day over the alternative of racist comments. I'm usually the one who has no patience with attempts at troll humor (note the screen name). But in this case, I can't think of any rational comments. What kind of comment is social appropriate for a story about a guy who dismembers and eats another human? Is there a Ms. Manners book for that? The whole situation is irrational and defies comprehension, so go with the flow, Maff. It's the only way to not become overwhelmed by shock, grief, and horror."

Suspect in body parts probe described as 'creepy' and a kitten-killer

Then, there are those who talked about the root of violence. Luka Rocco Magnotta is a possible suspect in a grisly murder in Canada. He's also an accused kitten killer who has been described by some as "creepy." Readers talked about the relationship between violence toward animals and violence toward humans.

madhatter91: "Even as the owner of a kitten I find it extremely off-putting with the amount of people on here that seem to care only about that (the killing of cats). ... Of course killing animals is disgusting, but seriously, sort out your priorities."

s3lf: "I see no difference between the two. They're both acts of extreme violence and depravity. Perhaps you need to evaluate why you think people are so much more elevated than anything else."

After reading about these incidents, what do you think? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. @banasy

    Timothy 3:16

    All Scripture is breathed out by God banasy and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

    June 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @ [@banasy]

      Those who cower behind @____________ have nothing to teach except cowardice.

      June 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Scripture is written by man, the same Being that created god.

      June 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Illionois Joe

      Watch out for banasy. She's a zombie. She never sleeps, stumbles around saying incoherent things, and the rising cost of food stamps is inadequate to cover her protein needs, plus her dozen cats cat food.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @Illinois Joe:
      You don't know me at all, do you?
      Thanks for the laugh!

      June 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You spelled the name of your state wrong.
      Yeah, I believe that's where you live.

      June 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @ banasy©

    What was deleted?

    June 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    Is that you Herkie fooling around?

    June 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Herkie's not here, and you are not Thelma.
      Have a lovely afternoon.

      June 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    My replies defending dazzle©.

    June 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    It is impossible that men all by themselves made-up the bible.
    "That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality [Jesus], so lofty an ethic and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels."-the well respected historina Will Durant.
    No human could make-up a 'Jesus'.
    "Jesus Christ has influenced and commanded His subjects without his visible bodily presence."-Napoleon Bonaparte
    Those who dis the bible need to study it more. Contempt prior to investigation isn't a good thing.

    June 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      By that logic man didnt make up Mohamad, Budha or the slew of other "religious icons". I beleive sir, you are wrong. Man's imagination is capable of almost anything, read the article you are responding too in which your reply is in no no way related by the way. Man is capable of good and evil and making up dieties.

      June 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ran76

      So would you accept Mithra, Horus and Apollo as real? They share many of the same traits as Jesus and there stories were told long before JC was born. I believe he was a real person, I'm just doubtful that he was the son of God

      June 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    "All scripture is inspired (not written) of God, and beneficial..."-2Tim 3:16.
    Nowhere do bible writers state that God wrote the bible. The bible was written by imperfect men going through some horrific events. If there were not one single mistake in the bible, it would not be genuine.
    All men are imperfect. Even the men God chose to record His words and the ancient history of nations. And it was all done for us living now so that we might have a better hope for the future than the ones being offered by politicians, many of whom are known/convicted liars.

    June 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      The Bible was written by men inspired by God.


      Read the whole Chapter of 2 Timothy 3. What does proving false to its' power mean?

      To All:

      ZOMBIES... really????

      June 3, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      My interpretation of the Bible is not up for public consumption, especially on this blog...
      Everyone inteprets it differently; I have no wish to be ridiculed for my beliefs, as there is one particular person who dessimates every opinion that I have, about whatever topic I am opining on.
      Thanks for your understanding.

      June 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. k

    Crazy insane creeps weirdo that was mentally ill just too strange living in a world out of touch with reality CRAZY.

    June 3, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I really don't think that it is nice to talk about "Philip" that way in public despite how obviously true that statement is.

      June 4, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. High Hopes


    The bobcat and banasy show!


    Beauty and the Beast

    June 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lucifer

    Simple answer... Yes. Just like what one group would also call goyim.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

    Are these people already dead when they start their rampage? No? Then they aren't zombies.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. tater

    i dont know what to think.but all and all the world is going into a down hill path to distruction and we are all going to be knees deep in crap.

    June 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tater

    i dont know sounds so unreal this world is going to crap before it over we are all going to be knee deep in crap

    June 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
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