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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.

Stock up on zombie preparedness gear! - If a group of zombies was approaching your house, what would best equip you to survive?

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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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 profile image

      Thomas Ferriere 

      4 years ago

      Had a good time with lens... Thanks

    • minpinmojo76 profile image


      5 years ago

      I love it! Population control is definitely a plus.

    • diegocomercio profile image


      5 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

    • diegocomercio profile image


      5 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

    • Board-Game-Brooke profile image

      C A Chancellor 

      6 years ago from US/TN

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

    • sunlightseer profile image


      6 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.

    • mikes-cool-stuff profile image


      6 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 

      6 years ago

      I HOPE, NEVER!

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      6 years ago

      Interesting topic. No answer to your questions though.

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      Ian Casey 

      6 years ago from Florida

      @kburns421 lm: Thanks! :)

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      Love the creativity of this lens!

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      Jeff Johnston 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

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

    • NAIZA LM profile image

      NAIZA LM 

      6 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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      6 years ago

      After watching Resident Evil few days ago.. *shriek

      I hope it never happens!!!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 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?

    • LisaDH profile image


      6 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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      6 years ago

      Noting like a little demented humor.

      Oh wait, your not serious, are you?

    • Godweeno profile image


      6 years ago

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

    • shauna1934 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a fun lens!! Thanks for sharing.

    • NausetViews profile image


      6 years ago from Boston

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

    • Onemargaret LM profile image

      Onemargaret LM 

      6 years ago

      Hopefully, never!

    • Dustinnh profile image


      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

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

    • CozyKitty profile image


      6 years ago

      I think a zombie ate my answer!!

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      6 years ago

      Rawrrr! (smack, munch) Urrppp!

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      6 years ago

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

    • AlexanderTurner profile image


      6 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!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

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

    • TTMall profile image


      6 years ago

      Wonderful and informative lens. Very well done!

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      6 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 

      6 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!

    • EMangl profile image


      6 years ago

      it started already with the first humans

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      6 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 

      6 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!


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