Zombie Cliche Lookout: Risk Aversion
Zombie survival, and really any kind of survival, is largely about managing risks. Note that I did not say completely avoiding or mitigating risks, because such a thing is not possible, and attempts to do so can end up getting you killed. Let’s use today’s episode to break this down. Vicky is going to take the role of the character who wants to avoid risk altogether, so she’s looking to Barb to provide an option that is completely safe, when it’s clear that no such option exists.
Vicky is making the mistake of focusing only on the risks of both plans. She can’t stay where she is because they lack the supplies, but she can’t leave because there is a high probability of getting attacked. As a result, her ability to make a weighted, informed decision is compromised, if not completely broken. If Vicky was the only person there capable of making a decision, she’d get herself and everyone else killed through inaction.
About this Episode:
Little Teddy isn’t smiling anymore. In fact, it seems like he’s quite traumatized about the whole situation. I guess that’s what happens when your dad gets shot and your house is surrounded by zombies that want to eat you. That sort of thing is tough for a kid.
Discussion Question: Weighing Risks
Today’s discussion question is a bit meta, but I’m going to roll with it anyway because why not? Put yourself into a zombie survival situation not dissimilar to the one our characters are in. Throughout the course of your day, you’re going to have to make plenty of decisions ranging from the mundane to the life-and-death. Given how dangerous the world is (because: zombies), how do you go about assessing and weighing risks against one another? Do you prioritize short term safety over long-term gains? Prioritize action? Let’s hear it.