Zombie Cliche Lookout: Not Just Looking Out for Yourself
In order for humanity to survive the coming zombie apocalypse, we’re going to have to work together. This has always been a big part of zombie stories. By way of example, I’m going to stick with one of my favorites: Shaun of the Dead, which quotes Bertrand Russell in saying “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation”. If everyone is only interested in their own safety – or worse still being a badass last man on Earth – they’re putting the survival of the species in jeopardy. Of course, it’s awfully hard to justify taking risks because you’re concerned about the species, especially in the early days of the zombie apocalypse when you don’t really have an idea of the scope of the outbreak.
But I digress.
Not everyone is going to be only worried about their own wellbeing. There will always be those who will try to help their fellow man, even if it puts themselves at risk. Of course, a lot of those people will end up dead because of that; but hopefully not all of them. We need those men and women around.
About this Episode:
It’s not safe outside, Sam. Best get in the house with this strange woman. Who knows, maybe your luck is turning around?
Discussion Question: Faith in the Zombie Apocalypse
Recently we had a brief discussion in the comments about religious belief, and lack thereof. I find this to be a fascinating subject, so I figured we could talk about it here in a little bit more structured fashion. How do you think people will change (or not) their religious beliefs in the face of something as apocalyptic as a large-scale zombie outbreak? Will atheists suddenly become believers? Will believers lose faith? How will the various fundamental subcultures deal with things?