Would a zombie apocalypse be a good or bad thing?
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!
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?
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.
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
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.