When I was a child the favorite bedtime prayer (of my family) was,
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.
How is the notion of waking up dead an incentive to sleep?
This 18th century prayer assumes that life is fragile, uncertain & dangerous. Science, technology & medical advances brought us expect that all things can be fixed. However, in the second decade of the new century there is a growing sense of foreboding, even dread.
I wonder if this is not one of the sources of the rise of the Zombie?