Zombie hunting at the end of the Earth

How would you react to the inevitable end of the world?

I imagine that there would be some amount of distress over it. We’re such a society here in America that I can easily envision riots, looting, rampant crime, hysteria, and all kinds of nonsense that, in the grand scheme of things, really makes no sense. How many of you out there are with me? There’s going to be two groups: the one group that flips out and loses all control of their sensibilities – the trappings of civil society fall from their psyches like dying leaves from a tree, leaving them naked and primitive in a cage that is falling to destruction; then there’s the group that goes, “I have things to do.”

And what things would those be?

I suppose some would call their loved ones and say goodbye, resolving any issues that remained between them as best as possible. And maybe some would get together to have a party at the end of the world. I imagine I would be one of the latter, since I could make like three phone calls and get the first thing done. Then we’d probably end up going out to the in-laws’ house, because everyone has to think of their closest family at that point. My brother-in-law and his wife, my nieces, my father- and mother-in-laws would all be there. . .

But I don’t want to think about that, not because I couldn’t handle it, but because I don’t want to. If I were the guy who figured out that the world was going to end tomorrow and there’s nothing we could do about it, guess what I would do? I would erase all of the evidence. You know why? I think humanity deserves to live its very last moments in the usual way. Why stir up a lot of trouble when there’s nothing to be done about it, or as the more enlightened ones say, why worry about the things you can’t control? Just admit that that’s what it is, and then go about your life as you normally would.

Plus, I don’t want to have to deal with rioters. It would be like zombie hunting, and I don’t want to be that guy.

This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.


  1. Fine thoughts, Surf man. Somebody once said, ‘Lead each day as though it’s your last.’ Dunno, this would be kind of morbid for me. I like a bit of humor, like the super hero who appeared at my door to trick or treat. I asked if he was the Green Hornet. No, an alien, he replied. Aren’t we all? I asked. We both chuckled.

  2. An absolutely innovative and refreshing take – point of view. It’s not often someone would actually say, “I’d let it slide – let it unfold – keep it to myself.” The idea of letting it unfold as it should, living our lives as “normal” has tremendous appeal – a peaceful appeal, despite all the existing turmoil and stuff. We should be living each day, as if it’s our last – cliched yes, but focusing on the true priorities and meaning of our lives.

    Great post – loved the zombie bit – and the straightforward approach you took in writing this piece. Very strong.

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