End of the World Series: Surviving the Worst
So, here it is. The worst has happened, and we are on our own. Whatever can we do?
Being social animals, many of us band together in the aftermath. Some of us may become scavengers, others predators, while still others will attempt to reform some semblance of a community, for protection and to provide refuge. Isn’t it interesting, that as social animals, we do not change?
If the end truly were to come, perhaps the best thing to do would be to hide? No. One of the reasons we as a species were so dominant is largely because of the city. Since ancient times, cities have been centers of agriculture, of commerce, and of culture. So, for us to once again become a fractured collection of roaming bands of cutthroats and thieves, or even small villages huddled together for protection is absurd. It is more natural for us as a species to band together, rather than fight each other until no one is left. Perhaps some of us may be endowed with hormonal imbalances, but the majority of the human population is bent on not just surviving, but living peacefully as a large communal group. So, the natural predominance of survival for the majority of any human population after a holocaust would be to come together and build up what was lost.
Simply stated, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs begins with physiological needs such as air, food, water, clothing, and shelter. The next step involves Safety needs such as personal security, health and well being, and a safety net against accidents/illness or adverse impacts. Next on the ladder of needs comes family, friendship, and intimacy. Anyone who has fought in a war will tell you that when your life is in constant danger, you rely (even depend) on those next to you. Bonds form during these times, stronger than family in some cases, because you and your immediate group are locked in a life and death struggle of shared events, a sort of intimacy that can only be understood by warriors. Perhaps the outcome of what would happen in the event of the end of the world, can best be understood by those warriors who have survived the hardships of war, and lived to tell about it.
More to come…