Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E1 What Lies Ahead and Do Zombies Poop?
Bloodletting is an old school method of medical treatment. Letting out some blood is based on the idea that too much blood built up in a human’s body which created tension or pressure that drove people crazy. Bloodletting was located in an Aristotelian medical model of mediums. In order to keep a proper sense of order a body needed to maintain a balance between extremes. Wikipedia argues “that “Bleeding” a patient to health was modeled on the process of menstruation. Hippocrates believed that menstruation functioned to “purge women of bad humors (Wiki)."
After the Car is shot, Rick finds himself in shock standing over Carl's potential death bed. Hershel, and Shane try to calm him down. Later Lori joins in. The argument the three give is that a father and a man need to be in the room when his child dies, Carl's situation is beyond his power to influence and because of the blood he has given he is too weak to go trumping through the woods in search of the medical supplies.
Check the next article in this series: Philosophizing TheWalking Dead S2E3 Save Last One and Does It Matter If God Exists?