I really like the movie Warm Bodies. Funny, a song from the National as the closing song, etc. Okay, the plot is a little simplistic: zombie meets girl, zombie meets girls’ boyfriend, zombie eats boyfriend’s brain, zombie starts falling in love with girl.
This causes a problem because to the human community in the film, the zombies are the enemies; or to use another term, they have been made an ‘other’. While this makes sense, when the zombie (R) starts falling in love with the girl (Julie), this causes problems. Not the least of which is that the process of R falling in love with Julie starts making him a human being again.
This obviously causes some stress in the human community. It is often difficult to make an other back into part of ‘us’. While zombies don’t exist (that we know of), we all make enemies/others of people.
In his book The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, David Dark talks about remembering people as re-membering people; while I don’t recall him specifically using the term other, I think the sentiment is present in his thoughts.
I think that is a good first-level test for what love should look like. Are we re-membering people when we love them? If not, then we might not be loving them. If our ‘love’ explicitly or implicitly makes an other of them, then I don’t believe we are truly loving them.
When did Jesus not re-member a person through his actions? The only times I can recall Jesus coming down on someone is when they are making someone an other, when they were dis-membering someone. Jesus was all about re-membering people.
I think another reason why I like Warm Bodies is because it reminds us that no one is beyond love, that if we love one another, we can make anyone human. Even the undead.