The mind-body problem has been an issue at least since Renee Descartes grappled with the issue of consciousness in the 17th Century. Are we our brains, or are we something else — something ephemeral, spirit-bound? Whatever we are, our minds are bound to flesh…and that flesh can, at times, betray us.
Of all the betrayals we can experience, of all the monsters that can pursue us in the dead of night, our body is the cruelest. Because monsters can be fought. But when your body becomes monstrous, there is no way to destroy it without destroying yourself.