North Korea is mad at us, the Iran nuclear deal might go sour, new diseases pop up every day, not to mention old ones like Ebola, there’s a megadrought in California, and honey bees are dying by the tens of thousands.
Once we start getting down to the end times, that’s when things will get interesting. People know it’s coming. The smart ones will be preparing for it, not the end, but the time before it. Probably around 20 years left or so, society will stop functioning. There’s no point to working anymore, etc. People start thinking only about themselves. This means you can’t go buy a hot dog when you’re hungry anymore. Still, there will be some form of capitalism alive and well because people won’t all have what they need to do the things they want to do until the end finally comes. So, some people will continue working and currency will probably still exist.
Once we get down to a year, then it’s just about waiting. People in that last year won’t do anything that they don’t want to. Their only concern will be enjoying what they have left. Unfortunately, this might mean killing, looting, rioting, raping, etc. So, things will get pretty insane.
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A new play called Salvage deals with that very topic. In the play, two government officials search a post-apocalyptic New York for valuable artifacts to help them survive, but when their manager hires a war veteran, they begin to question whether it’s time to abandon the city.
The play makes the assumption people would still be living in the city, but a recent study by Cornell University says the best way to survive the apocalypse would be to flee to the countryside. Actually, the Rocky Mountains would be best if you can make it there.
Cornell researchers were hypothesizing a zombie outbreak, but the same advice would hold true no matter how the world ended. They made a fun interactive model you can play with if you’re bored.
So with the world’s industry destroyed and small bands of roving survivors trying to scrape out a living, would it be possible to return to a technological society?
The world’s oil supply is already dwindling and without the infrastructure we rely on today, survivors would be hard pressed to recreate many of the things we take for granted.
Without many of the chemicals and industrial materials we rely on today, it would be nearly impossible to produce things like solar panels, fertilizer, glass, or steel, according to Aeon‘s Lewis Dartnell.
“When it comes to generating the white heat demanded by modern industry, there are few good options but to burn stuff.”
Any surviving society would, at first, be forced to rely on electricity generated from simple machines like windmills and burning charcoal.
That is, of course, if there were enough smart people left around who remember how to build all these things and use them properly.
Any way you look at it, recreating society after an apocalypse seems like a pretty tall order. Maybe we should concentrate on saving the world we have?
You never know when the next earthquake, flood, hurricane, terrorist attack or a nuclear bomb might hit. You don’t want to be scrambling at the eleventh hour to protect yourself, your friends, and family! Even if you’d rather just stick your head in the sand and assume that ALL IS WELL! – a little bit of preparation can go a long way. Remember, it’s okay to be weird – you’re going to be the weird guy right up until the moment your survival skills and supplies are needed, and then you’re the hero.
- Ditch city life and high tail it to the countryside. In any apocalypse, large cities will become death traps for those who remain.
- Bring supplies. The government suggests everyone have at least three days of emergency rations on hand, but most preppers will advise at least two weeks to a month of stored food and water. Oh, and be sure you have more than rice and beans.
- Don’t forget the medicine. Even though you’re healthy now, an apocalypse almost by definition means there’s going to be some injuries.
- Batteries. You’ll need some juice for all those electronic devices you need like flashlights and radios.
- Arm yourself. You can almost certainly expect to meet some dangerous folks if you survive the end of the world, it’s best to be prepared.
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