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World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 4, Jesika Hendricks.

This young woman has lost her family, and yet tries not to think bitter thoughts. I’d like to think that makes her a good person, or at the very least, a compassionate person.
No, maybe being compassionate is the better deal.
Being a good person relies too heavily on what other people think of you as a person, defined by society’s rules.
Compassion may be what allows her to continue to help clearing Canada’s lands of dismembered body parts, regardless of her own personal tragedy.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 5, Mary Jo Miller.

Considering pre-war, Mary was just another typical mother/worker, she’s shown herself to be a smart lassie.
Yeah, she helped build & manage Troy but her views; she accepts her share of the blame, for the mismanagement of those early days. She and her family were one of those that bought into Phalanx, she believed in the fallacy of a cure.
She knows different now and it shows in her final comments.

At least we’re cleaning up our own mess, and maybe that’s the best epitaph to hope for. “Generation Z, they cleaned up their own mess.”

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 6, Dr. Kwang Jingshu.

Don’t worry, everything’s going to be all right.
The old revolutionary is still making house calls.
He’s seems happy, or at the very least content with his lot. Seeing children who are pretty much born into the mindset of precaution. He sees that as a good thing, I can’t fail that logic.

He still thinks of New Dachang, maybe his experience there will never leave him and although he does not believe in a heaven, he reckons his old friend/comrade is laughing down at him when he recalls that inside joke of theirs.
Everything’s going to be all right.
Maybe it will be, he seems to think that China & the world is slowly recovering from the Z ordeal.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 7, Joe Muhammad.

Times have changed and with it, people’s opinions. Joe certainly has had a change of opinion post-war. I know he was very active during the war, as part of the neighbourhood watch, so it’s great that he has managed to get a holiday.

I went on a cruise two years ago, the Pan Pacific Line across the islands.

That in itself seems to have been a great experience for people to trade similar experiences and bond with new people, it helps that so many stories are are similar, that have that common thread. Joe may be right that people are closer together now compared to pre-war.
He admits to missing the creature comforts & possessions we’ve all become accustomed to having, needing or just plain wanting.

Last week we had a bachelor party for one of the young guys on the block.

They borrowed the only working DVD player and a few pre-war made porn movies. Wonder how many rent out that DVD player? Such a common place item (in our world) has become a luxury item (post World War Z).
It’s obvious that Joe wasn’t really concentrating on what he was watching, he describes a scene and…

all I could think was Wow, they sure don’t make cars like that anymore.

That made me laugh, I can really see that happening.

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