mark the compost elf wrote:How do people imagine the apocalypse - as a kind of ragnarok / a reforming of all that is/ or as a literal end? i get the feeling that most assume that the world will eist in muxch the same form as it is now allowing us to rely on skills and bushcraft etc to survive. thoughts?
Well that is a good question...I think we are probably discussing 2 or more types of End Times...if it were a comet smashing into the earth, or some other extinction event, all the canned beans in the world wouldn't help...I think I was thinking more along the lines of economic collapse and civil unrest....something I think is more likely...in which case we would have to depend on our own wits, as well as the network of relationships we have built (our friends and neighbours) to survive...one thing Katrina taught is that government is entirely incapable of stepping in to save the day during a major disaster....although things like riots and natural disasters are short term...eventually, it will end, or you can make your way to safety. I think the violence and looting associated with those phenomena are a result of panic and a symptom of a broken society to begin with.....in a long term situation, that spasm of hauling away flat screen TVs and using the power vacuum to settle scores would wain and then everybody would come out of hiding and start working together....they would have to.
But like Atrius said, it depends on your locale...I look around where I live, and I see a city with good will, good integration of various ethnic groups and no history of harsh injustice or tradition of solving problems with gun violence...I think my people could pull it together...but it might be a different story if there are already sharp divisions of race and class and astonishing levels of gun violence even during normal times.
And speaking of cities, there won't be any hunting where I am, or if there is, the poor deer and squirrels would disappear fast...I think you would see all those pretty manicured lawns and parks turned into crop land, and people would have chickens in their courtyards and a thriving barter-economy would get set up.