Why A Zombie Apocalypse Might Be Good Right Now
Lately, with the continuing and growing popularity of apocalyptic stories/games/lifestyles/rumors, I began to think about what this really means. (Always dangerous, I know.) I have come to one conclusion: Life sucks. For the same reason, superheroes and characters imbued with a special power or ability have become popular. Many of us, okay, make that roughly a few million or so, find life is hard, unsatisfying, discouraging, just down-right poo-poo. This leads to the need for escapism entertainment. For many of us populating this struggling world, end-of-life-as-we-know-it scenarios sound pretty good. Unemployment? Gone. Mortgages? Gone. Taxes? Gone. Difficult co-workers or bosses? Gone. On the other hand, so would grocery stores, gasoline, dating, movies, restaurants, the Internet. Personally, I think it’s a fine trade-off. Hey, you’d get to travel, do and see exciting things, learn to ride a horse while running from zombies, vampires, your crazed in-laws infected with a mutant virus. Sure, it might be hard, but in a new and exciting way from the hardships of today. We could have carte-blanche to do things we always wanted to do, such as raid a Costco, journey around the country in a Jeep, stolen military vehicle or other capable off-road transit that has been, until the ‘end-of-life-as-we-know-it’ widely shunned by many eco conscious consumers (who are now probably rethinking their life choices.) For some of us, the scenario would allow the use of carefully collected firearms, which would now be worth their weight in gold. By the way, gold would be pretty much worthless, but salt, sugar and seeds would be the new world’s riches. However, a situation many of us would face would be becoming the infected/monster/scourge-of-the-Earth. Not everyone gets to be a survivor.