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Are you ready for some apocalypse? I'm not. [Oct. 22nd, 2006|12:50 pm]
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I've returned from a four-day backpacking trip through Hoosier National Forest and I couldn't help but ponder the impending apocalypse.

On the drive there a couple of us got to talking about how, in all likelihood, we will see the depletion of the world's oil reserves in our lifetime. Chances are, they (whoever they are) know exactly when this will happen, but no way they're telling us. When this ultimate of shit goes down, there are a few options. Perhaps we will have set up a working system of solar-, wind-, and water-powered alternatives that might replace petroleum, maybe not with total output equivalent to what we're used to with oil, but enough to keep civilization as we know it going. On the other hand, we might just be fucked.

I've seen plenty of post-apocalyptic movies and read plenty of stories and played the fucking RPGs, but what the hell is really going to happen? I really don't know. I'm pretty sure that whatever goes down won't be sudden. There's too much already in place for civilization to crumble instantaneously, but keep in mind how much of it depends on fuel, running water, and electricity. And without those things we'll basically have to rely on nature and our ability to use it in order to survive.

And when it comes to relying on nature I seriously doubt my resolve. Sure I can start a fire, pitch a tent, scare off a cougar, and shit in relative comfort without toilet paper, but there's going to be a hell of lot more to it than that. What about making a shelter out of sticks, leaves, and mud that can withstand 30mph winds, or treating influenza without medicine, or keeping a blister from developing gangrene, or keeping clothes dry during a monsoon, or how to kill and skin a rabbit, or how to tan hide, or how to set a broken bone, or getting rid of lice, or how to get a good night's sleep on a rock. I can't do any of these things and neither can most of America. So what's going to happen?

I made it four days, having fun but always thinking "only 3 (2, 1) more nights until I'm back in a real bed with a hot breakfast ready at 7:00, plenty of clean, dry clothes, heat, clean water, and the internet." The thought that all of that wouldn't be there at the end of the trail scared me. So, do I devote myself to learning the skills I'll need for a cataclysm that may or may not come, or devote myself to preserving a society that will probably crumble anyway? Fuck.

Also, I really hope I don't have giardiasis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/giardiasis
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[User Picture]From: phosphodae
2006-10-22 07:08 pm (UTC)
Since Andy's not here right now, can I bunker down in your room in the event of the zombie apocalypse? You're pretty much the only person on campus that I expect would survive, and I'd like to be on your side. You have full permission to take me out if/when I get infected, of course.

And thank you for Andy's hat. I'd been jonesing.
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[User Picture]From: saint_gachnar
2006-10-24 09:00 pm (UTC)
See, anthro class tells me that hunter gatherer societies spend half as much time working to survive than we do. The trick is know what nuts and bugs are edible. That, and keeping women in their place with female circumcision.

I'm more confident in my abilites to make shelter than start fire. I could get over the squick factor to kill and skin a rabbit. The flu stuff is a natch because I'm gay for herbology and alternabullshit.

And you keep blisters from developing gangrene all the time.

The only thing I'd miss is culture. Ya know, cds, TV, dvds. Sure reading happens, and I can make my own paper and ink and printing press if i really need to, but dvds man.

Also my insomnia would be impossible to combat. On the plus side, it's possible i'd be too weary to not sleep.
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