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Would a zombie apocalypse be a good or bad thing?

Updated on August 18, 2014

The pros and cons of a zombie apocalypse

Cast your vote on the pros and cons of a zombie apocalypse here!

I think everyone would agree that with a population now over 7,000,000,000 people, the world is pretty overpopulated. A zombie apocalypse would definitely help to control the population!

I've thought of 3 or 4 reasons why a zombie apocalypse would be a good thing, and quite a few more reasons why it would, um, suck.

What do you think? Lets have a debate on this!

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Pro Reason #1 - Instant population control

As I am writing this, there are just over 7,000,000,000 people in the world according to the US government's census bureau. A zombie apocalypse would definitely help to, uh, cull the number of humans living on our planet.

Con Reason #1 - No electricity

Alright, let's say that the world is overrun with the walking dead... that would probably mean that the electrical grids have stopped functioning too, right? So no more electricity to run your household appliances. And the thought of drinking warm beer for the duration of the zombie apocalypse kind of makes me realize how much I don't want one to happen.

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Gerber Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit [30-000601]
Gerber Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit [30-000601]

This is serious survival gear, with 3 knives, 2 machetes, a Bear Grylls parang and a high performance axe.

Yikes! Though I suppose if the apocalypse never happens, you could use these tools for camping and stuff.

 

Pro Reason #2 - Coolness factor

It'd be so much cooler than any of the alternatives

Say what you will about having your face devoured by a zombie, but a zombie apocalypse would be a pretty cool way for the human race to ultimately meet its end. It would be so much cooler than say, the planet being struck by a meteor, a nuclear holocaust, or our sun going supernova.

Zombies go home!
Zombies go home!

Con reason #2 - No more internet!

Which, lets face it, would definitely kind of stink

I know mankind survived for hundreds of thousands of years before the internet, but now that we know it's possible, living without it would definitely suck hairy monkey balls. But on the flip side of that, we would also not have it as a distraction any longer.

So I'm guessing the people best equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse would probably be people who live in the bush. People who have not had to rely on technology for virtually every aspect of their life. And also people who, I have to assume, would be better at defending themselves than the general population.

[Graphic was made by my mom, who has her own zombie lenses.]

National Geographic's Take on the Zombie Apocalypse

Pro Reason #3 - No more bills!

Abdication of responsibility

If a zombie apocalypse were to ever happen, you could definitely kiss all of your debts and bills goodbye. Governments would probably crumble too. Can you imagine a world without taxes? All that would matter is killing as many zombies as you can.

Con Reason #3 - Finding stuff would get harder

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, I'm betting that things like medications would quickly become in short supply. So if you're say, diabetic, you'd be out of luck. I suppose you could always just raid a drug store, but what happens once all of the drug stores have been looted?

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Sure, why not, we're all practically zombies now anyway

Sure, why not, we're all practically zombies now anyway

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    • Ian Casey 3 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: Agreed :) thanks for the comment and the visit!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      We already have solar panels.....they will give us electricity :) unless like you said, the sun blows up. You can find a place to lock down and start growing food etc, medication can be made more easily than you think.....those Stone Age things called books will tell you how to do it :) and who knows you may even cure cancer by accident ;) I say that whatever will be will be....we will survive

    • kcsantos 4 years ago

      Bring it on! I always have dreams on zombie/world apocalypse. I think I'm ready ha!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      We don't need internet or our phones. All we have to do is find some way to make electricity, charge our nintendo DS's, and use pictochat to communicate.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      most of the people are corrupt belonging to the illuminati, so they kill of those douchebags

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      as long as there not like the ones from lfd2 then surviving would be pips you can loot and get anything for free as for electricity its only a matter of turning the power grid. it would be fun killing the zombies and most if not all the people i hate would be dead and as for the people i love dying most of them could survive. also countless animals would be saved from extinction.

    • RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      Ooh! As long as it was like Shaun of the Dead, that would be cool :)

    • Loganor 4 years ago

      How would we tell the zombies from the less than alive ones? Oh well, better safe than sorry - gimme that gun.

    • GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      Bring it!

    • Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      The parasitic infestation that is humanity could do with a little culling :D

    • Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      I think it be awesome, especially NO BILLS!!!!

    • betsuzlap 4 years ago

      I like Pro Reason #3 - No more bills! I could live with that!! A world without taxes? Count me in. LOL!

    • Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      If it only lasted a day or so and I wasn't one of their victims, I could live with it.

    • Godweeno 4 years ago

      It would be awesome!! Head for the hills!!

    • Dustinnh 4 years ago

      Go dawn of the dead on those zombies! lol..

    • ernieplotter 4 years ago

      Hope I survive!

    • randomthings lm 4 years ago

      Hmmm I think it would be a good thing, we could go back to a simpler time. I would imagine SOME people would survive? Then we (cuz I assume i'll survive) could redo the world how we want it to be!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How great would that be !! COOOL !! hehe

    • CozyKitty 4 years ago

      Hey! Zombies are people too!! Try not to insult us, okay?!!!

      LoL :))

    • arrrrgon 4 years ago

      I'd get a farm and then I'd trap all of the zombies in the barn and....oh wait a minute.

    • getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      It is just another day from where I am sitting. LOL

    • tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      If there were a zombie apocalypse tomorrow, I'd be the first to get offed -- I'm epileptic and too old to hit The Stand type trail. So not only would I be dead, but how would I reincarnate? Me and the rest of the 7,000,000,000 would have to wait a really long time.

    • EMangl 5 years ago

      what's the difference to some politicans?

    Would a zombie apocalypse be a good or bad thing? - What do you think?

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      • mamabrat lm 4 years ago

        No out of all the monsters out there I hate Zombies the most. Can you say gross?

      • SassyGie 4 years ago

        It'll be like Resident Evil!! uuuuggghhhh

      • Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

        I'd say bad and traumatizing!

      • jimbarnes lm 4 years ago

        BAD!

      • Gail47 4 years ago

        No, I don't think that would be good.

      • MuffinPuffART 4 years ago

        Sure it sounds cool, and the world could definitely use less people. However, all these people who think they'd be survivors because of their skills would probably just been killed just as quickly from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also just because your good at survival doesn't mean your family would be, and lets be honest, who honestly wants to see their loved ones eaten in front of them and then have to "put them out of their misery"

      • kburns421 lm 4 years ago

        I'm gonna have to go with no on this one. I have enough to deal with without throwing zombies into the mix! I also like having electricity and internet a bit too much.

      • NAIZA LM 4 years ago

        Of course, no! Sounds like there's no way out. Haha

      • Lauren 4 years ago from Florida

        That would be way too scary!

      • Earnlat 4 years ago

        No, not a good idea! Always looking for the next zombie attack. Friends and family unable to trust one another! Stress-levels would have people killing other people and zombies!

      • MarkSierra 4 years ago

        Nope, I'd never get anything done. :)

      • Zebedee32 4 years ago

        In general, bad

      • Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

        I am not ready to go out like that! Love that idea for a few select people I know though. I like your lens!

      • athrunzala 4 years ago

        Bad, what if I am one of the victims...

      • AlexanderTurner 4 years ago

        I don't think I would survive without internet during an apocalypse... tweeting and posting statuses and photos about zombies would be so cool!

      • RichLeighHD 4 years ago

        I was all for it until considering the whole 'no internet' issue...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        It would be too stressful . . . always having to worry about being eaten.

      • MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

        As much as I think it would be cool! The cons of it outweigh the pros. Being constantly worried & scared about the fact that you might wake up to a zombie horde smelling your fresh scent and wanting a piece of you.The anarchy could be nice but the monsters in the form of the living would be acting like modern day pirates, on land, anything they want they will take like wild animals, whether it be items of materialistic concern or personal property through rape & murder. It's not a pretty thought by any means. It's too much of a dangerous world to really want.

      • Heather B 5 years ago

        I wouldn't want to live in a world like the one in The Walking Dead, that's for sure.

      • BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

        Oh, yuck! I can't even watch fake zombies on TV.

      Con Reason #4 - Family snack time

      Some of your loved ones might try to eat you!

      An occupational hazard of any zombie apocalypse is that some of your loved ones may get "turned" and then turn around and try to start munching on you.. and what do you do? Shoot them? What if it's your wife, or your mother?

      Pro reason #4 - Setting your priorities straight

      You would quickly figure out who and what are important to you

      A zombie apocalypse would definitely serve to straighten out people's priorities. Instead of worrying about paying bills, you could start focusing much more on the stuff that truly matters in life... things like your family and friends.

      CDC Zombie preparedness guide

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a zombie preparedness guide. Sure, I guess a lot of the information contained in it would be useful in any type of disaster, but that doesn't make it any less cool.

      Good reading about a potential zombie apocalypse - This book will keep you in stitches... so you don't get nervous waiting for the zombies

      The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
      The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

      Mel Brooks' son, Max Brooks, wrote this book. Max Brooks is also a former member of the writing team at Saturday Night Live, so you know there's at least a touch of humor in this book.

       

      When do you think the zombie apocalypse will start? - ... or has it already started?

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          Thomas Ferriere 3 years ago

          Had a good time with lens... Thanks

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          minpinmojo76 3 years ago

          I love it! Population control is definitely a plus.

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          diegocomercio 4 years ago

          This has been a fun lens to read. I tell you i had a few laughs rreading it. Specially with your pro's and con's

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          diegocomercio 4 years ago

          This has been a fun lens to read. I tell you i had a few laughs rreading it. Specially with your pro's and con's

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          C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

          ha! Funny topic. Let's hope it never arrives! I don't think I'd survive for long.

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          sunlightseer 4 years ago

          Don't know about the zombie part, but apocalypse--pretty sure it's on its way. Love the way you've given us tactical supplies, books and even Halloween costumes to chose from. Very creative.

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          mikes-cool-stuff 4 years ago

          If you remember the news where people where in mindless state chewing on people it mat have already started. Nice lens. Also thanks for liking one of my lenses.

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          jimbarnes lm 4 years ago

          I HOPE, NEVER!

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          Gail47 4 years ago

          Interesting topic. No answer to your questions though.

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          Ian Casey 4 years ago from Florida

          @kburns421 lm: Thanks! :)

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          kburns421 lm 4 years ago

          Love the creativity of this lens!

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          Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

          love the CDC zombie Preparedness plan thing... that's too funny... Great lens :D

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          NAIZA LM 4 years ago

          I've always been a big fan of The Walking Dead Series so that was kinda creepy when that happens not just in America and sweep across Asia. I totally enjoyed reading this lens. Thanks and a blessing to you! ~N

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          preciousbeebee 4 years ago

          After watching Resident Evil few days ago.. *shriek

          I hope it never happens!!!

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          Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          I agree that if we can't update our status with cool happenings like "Zombies just ate my neighbors' brains" or "Watch out, Zombies approaching!" then why bother?

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          LisaDH 4 years ago

          I think I'd rather be annihilated by a giant meteor hitting the earth. Much quicker and much less creepy!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Noting like a little demented humor.

          Oh wait, your not serious, are you?

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          Godweeno 4 years ago

          The zombie survival guide rules everyone should read it! Fun lens :)

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          shauna1934 4 years ago

          What a fun lens!! Thanks for sharing.

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          Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

          Hmmm, no internet? Don't know if I could survive a zombie apocalypse.

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          Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

          Hopefully, never!

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          Dustinnh 4 years ago

          it's past, it's aliens time now to show us the universe! or are we aliens too???

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          What an amazing fantasy. Zombies are low maintenance, too.

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          CozyKitty 4 years ago

          I think a zombie ate my answer!!

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          cmadden 4 years ago

          Rawrrr! (smack, munch) Urrppp!

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          getmoreinfo 4 years ago

          I think it has already started but people didn't know it yet because they are distracted by the elections.

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          AlexanderTurner 4 years ago

          Very cool lens! I had a good laugh! I think we are in a zombie apocalypse, but we don't know it because the special forces control the zombies and they understood they have to behave, they're good zombies, but remember, THEY ARE AROUND US!

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          WriterJanis2 4 years ago

          I don't think it will, but this lens was a very enjoyable read.

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          TTMall 5 years ago

          Wonderful and informative lens. Very well done!

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          hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

          I'm pretty sure it hasn't already started, despite recent headlines. When the zombie apocalypse arrives, I don't think there will be any uncertainty! Of course, one really important factor in both the speed with which the apocalypse spreads and the degree to which there survivors can hope for a sustainable new life is the requirements for becoming a zombie. If EVERYONE who dies becomes a zombie, as in many of the classic edutainment films, then I think the best bet is to hole up somewhere comfy and enjoy life while you can... there's no way to win that scenario.

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          MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

          I think the only ways the zombie apocalypse would start is if rabies mutated and prolonged someones life more than rabies does. Because rabies destroys the brain quickly so they die sooner than a zombie would. Not to mention, the people would just be crazy and not hunger for human flesh from the rabies, they would just attack violently in a haze of dementia. The only other way would be is if the government was working on re-animating corpses and messed up. Or if they were working on a new chemical additive for foods that made you hungry and it caused an insatiable appetite. I mean at this point the additives and vaccines, they make now, cause a nice wide variety of illnesses and cancers(so who knows, it could happen). So if the zombie apocalypse happens, just remember the zombies bodies will decay as time goes by, exponentially faster as the result of dead skin & organs, so just find a nice piece of land that is protected and ride it out and make a farm. Figure out how to make your own concrete and build a wall around your property, far out from the main property of course. Good article!

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          EMangl 5 years ago

          it started already with the first humans

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          grannysage 5 years ago

          Pretty funny. Which is worse, being the snack of a family member or having family members that have turned into snacks? My son would really enjoy this.

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          Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          Not my thing, but certainly well done. Sometimes I think the Zombie Apocalypse has already started with all the cruel and inhuman things people are doing to each other. Congratulations on your lens and thanks for sharing!