So, we lose all of our civilisation touches when the Apocalypse strikes. Or do we? Maybe the best thing to do is to work out, in advance, where all of the eco-houses and natural phenomenon technology has been installed. That way, when catastrophe strikes we can move into these areas and buildings and take advantage of something that doesn’t need energy input to produce alternative energies we can use to live.
Assuming we do that, what then? We can use electric stoves, DVD players and music systems. Of course, if you think about the line in the film The Day After Tomorrow that says ‘I will never again read a book that hasn’t yet been written’, then it is clear that this approach to the apocalypse will only be partly successful. After all, you won’t be able to read this blog or anything else written in digital ink, so the ultimate future will only be one of eventual decay. No perpetuation of new ideas, no way to communicate beyond the physical connection with the person in front of you.
Thinking like this leads me to believe that the first thing we will try to do, once we have secured our survival of course, is to attempt to revive or maintain some semblance of what we perceive as normalcy. But what is normal? It’s only somewhere in the region of one hundred years since we took our first faltering and dangerous steps into the air, it’s half that since we discovered antibiotics. And it was only in the sixties that people began to believe that those mainframe thingies would be able to help us with our way of life. Relative to the time man in its current form has walked the Earth, all of this has only happened in the blink of an eye. Before this time literacy was in its infancy, reading was the purview of the wealthy and religious leaders (of course this was for subjugation purposes). History was in the hands of those that learned it by rote and recited it around camp fires.
Owning our own homes is also in its infancy, fully carpeted floors is only something commonly adopted post WW2 (and I don’t mean WWZ). And of course cars. Our beloved cars. Much as I love my car, I am beginning to get pretty fed up with the proliferation of speed cameras, and think tanks that find more and more efficient ways of taxing us through our beloved metal. Driving just ain’ what it used to be. It might be that taking to horseback or walking will lead to a new prowess amongst us, new ‘manly’ skills we can adopt and use for equivalent ‘road rage’ purposes.
All in all I don’t think that as animals we will change very much through the loss of modern society. Maybe we will actually become richer as the animals we are, connecting with each other at a more visceral level and not via the keyboard, where a friend will be an actual friend and not a number of so-called connections on Facebook or the like.
Call me fuddy-duddy, but the Apocalypse has a certain appeal, don’t you think?
Zombie books by David K Roberts:
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle – Cabin Fever (Sequel)
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle – Z Factor