Monday, January 16, 2012

I’ve got the pistol, so I’ll take the pesos.

The post-Apocalyptic world is going to suck kind of hard. Power grids will go down. There won’t be any Internet. When their fuel runs out, gas and diesel  powered vehicles will be useless except for as makeshift homes. Ironically, without power, the safety systems at power plants will fail: expect nuclear issues. Other bad stuff will surely follow!
From Travel Destination

This is not going to be a world in which living will be easy. Nor will it be one in which living without people who trust you is possible.

Yes, I understand that it will be a Dog Eat Dog existence. Ruthlessness may seem the only option. I will concede that - to some degree - this is true. As a kindness, it may be unavoidable. For example, if your best friend becomes Infected, destroying her brain or removing her head will be the best thing for both of you regardless of how ruthless and unkind it may feel at the time.

Ruthlessness for the sake of itself is not admirable. It will lose you friends and companions. In this crumbling and terrifying world, lacking people who both trust you and whom you trust will be deadly.

Despite the cliché, dogs travel in packs.

So do humans. We need others to survive. We need companionship. And, let's face it, we are soft, squishy mammals that lack full body fur, claws, or any ability to hunt without weapons. We simply do not have the ability to outrun other animals. After a short dash, our fastest athletes would fall prey to a relatively slow animal like a Great Dane.

If all of this is true of humans, how is it that we are not the pack animals? Unlike most other animals, we possess opposable thumbs, the ability for rational thought and learning, the ability to make and use tools, and imagination.To the best of my knowledge, humans are the only animals that possess all of these traits.

We travel in groups of family and friends. We learn from one another. We watch each others' backs. We interact intimately. We are afflicted and blessed by our need for companionship and connections.

People who cannot or will not maintain relationships because they think ruthlessness is the key to survival will be left behind.

What is your take on this? Am I being overly sentimental? Will we descend into the depths of darkness and depravity brought on by tragedy and panic? Or will we prove ourselves to be more than just animals out to save ourselves by sacrificing others?

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