Wednesday, 8. December 2010
Faust was kind enough to include me as to a zombie survival topic, he’s got some sound logic as to his arguments however despite anything his group of survivors pull off; my initial jist of course is that given the situation, most Americans are outright screwed for a variety of reasons. My primary thinking of this is a couple reasons. 1) a gross lack of primitive skills 2) Generally poor physical conditioning and 3) little to no preparedness. Getting food is one of them (and a -very- important one at that.) but the problem goes far deeper than that really.
The system here in the states functions particularly efficiently because it’s become hyper specialized. Assuming you’re employed, most likely you are doing some rather specific sets of tasks, research or whatnot. That in turn generates income and if you’re like most other people you take that income and turn it around to buy food, gadgets and other things you need to survive or generally want. Such systems work rather well until you have systemic disruptions. What happens when the net goes down, the power goes out or the water stops working? Mostly.. we’re screwed essentially until it gets fixed. There is little redundancy for operating outside of the finely tuned system.
Skills play a major part here. 80 years ago, this was mostly an agrarian society. Now, it’s less than 3% of the people specifically producing food. Likewise, similar destruction of skills have occurred such as in mechanics, construction, general medicine and mostly “basic” skills that would’ve been possessed a generation or 2 ago. People still have these skills in limited or specialized capacity but the widespread usage of them no longer exists.
Faust is correct in assuming that adaptability is one of the most important traits out there in surviving anything. However, those core skills I talked about take time to hone and sharpen to do them quickly and efficiency. For instance, anyone can grow food to some degree of success. Some are a lot better at it than others. However, in order to successfully produce enough food to live on takes a lot of time and practice and even then it’s still incredibly difficult. Likewise, I don’t doubt that anyone can do something basic such as welding or repairing a car. Can you do it quickly enough and precisely enough in a time specific situation to be of use however? Those zombies might be slow, but they won’t wait forever.
Likewise, we’ve been so successful that a good portion of people are pretty sedentary. It’s hard to get in shape as it is, is it something you want to pull off while trying to escape guys that want your brains? I’m in decent condition from martial arts, but I’m not in what I’d call in good enough condition to really make it easy if the going gets tough, zombies or otherwise. Most people fall into an even lower category I’d suspect. Remember though, you only have to be faster than the guy next to you!
Preparedness is another issue entirely as well. Remember the systemic disruption thing I was talking about above? Wouldn’t it be great not to have to scramble about trying to procure food, water, gas and other supplies you need to live? You mean you have no backup power, limited backup lighting, nothing for water aside from what the city can do and a thin storage of food? If you’re not setup to where you can go for a week or at least long enough to rationalize a good plan of action.. you’re screwed.
For all the reasons Faust says the primitive skills guys are hosed (Not knowing what a zombie invasion is for one,) I say the modern guys are hosed for a completely different set of reasons. I think this is partially why the movies resonate pretty well in modern society, most people know subconsciously they’re hosed. Get training and stocking up people, those zombies are coming!