My family and I were big fans of The Walking Dead a few years ago. It sparked some interesting discussion around what we would do in the unlikely event of a zombie apocalypse.
My son and husband went through a bow and arrow phase, then an axe-throwing phase.
It’s for fun and recreation, of course, but we also joked about it being great training for the Zombie Apolalypse.
We’d imagine banding together as a family to fight off zombies in a Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead way, not in a Night of the Living Dead or Walking Dead way. The latter being way too terrifying.
It’s a joke we can run a long way with, for sure.
But we’re not bomb shelter, doomsday preppers kind of people. We don’t have a closet full of canned food or MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat).
And although we kid about preparing for the Zombie Apolcalypse, it did raise some interesting discussions about what we would do in the event of an actual catastrophic event.
COVID-19 pandemic is not the Zombie Apolalypse, but it has disrupted every aspect of our lives.
And it’s got me thinking about human nature and the way we humans act in times of uncertainty.
The saying goes, We show our true selves in times of crisis.
So the question is, who are you? (Matt Damon’s character asks the question in the movie Ford vs. Ferrari which I streamed this past weekend so I’ll just borrow it here. Great movie, BTW.)
Am I the type of person who’ll do anything for my family, including buying up all the toilet paper and clearing the shelves of hand sanitizer and masks so I can turn a profit on eBay?
Because I can make a nice profit and my family needs to live too. Supply and demand, baby. You need hand sanitizer, can’t find it, don’t mind spending $10 on something that costs me a dollar? Sold.
Hey, extreme circumstances, y’know?
These are not normal times, for sure. And what can any of us do about it? We’re just trying to make it through.
Before I judge that guy, I can look at my own actions. Am I acting in a responsible and ethical way?
I’ve been looking for a dozen eggs for a while. Haven’t found any. But the terrible thing is, I have about a half dozen. Why am I looking for something I already have?
The current situation: Mark and I have what we need even though it may not be exactly what we want.
Plus, we’ve ordered plenty of takeout in an attempt to do what little we can to help our local businesses. And so we don’t have to cook.
Those are little things.
Some people are doing big things. Health care workers, public servants and non-profit staff and volunteers who care help people in the community are at the front lines of this thing. They may have to make tough choices that affect lives and livelihoods.
Not me. My job right now is to do what I can, like don’t panic buy, follow social-distancing guidelines, and stay home.
That sounds so much less bad-ass than fighting off zombies, but that’s where we are.
We show our true selves in times of crisis, or said another way, as you pass the days with the current COVID-19 reality, consider the question: Who are you?
Interestingly, this is not the first blogpost in which I reference zombies : ) For another, read Violence in a zombie world