posted on Sep, 20 2011 @ 10:35 AM
Both the book and the film were very disturbing, but in a way important. A lot of us would prefer to think of humanity as a loving individuals, which
we can choose to be. In times of emergency, disaster or chaos, there have been many instances when humans turn feral. Think of the plague times,
famine, the fall of Rome and Katrina (just a few examples amongst countless)- it only takes a little for some to completely turn against their fellow
men, lose hope and drop even the pretense of morality and the rule of law. It doesn't have to be that way, and mostly it isn't: people band together
and work hard at seemingly impossible tasks and recreate society within weeks or a generation or two.
I think if you don't have some way of protecting yourselves, you may be lost to the thugs. If you try to isolate and limit those you protect, you're
probably lost too, because eventually a larger force of thugs will come and take all that you have. If it's possible, I think you have to band
together with as many people as you can get, and as many weapons/ supplies as you can get, grow/ raise food ASAP, and the big must is a social
contract of some kind that is enforced ruthlessly with exile, like a basic constitution that recognizes individual rights and the worth of the human
person. Welcome new people, instead of only seeing more mouths to feed and competitors for the remaining women.
As far as giving up, I think that you never know what could happen. We all die, why rush it? Maybe our struggles, unknown to us, will inspire and help
transform future generations. We do have the capacity and brain power to problem solve, instead of reverting to cannabalism and murder of fellow
unfortunates. Energy could be directed to coordinated scouting missions, time spent relearning how to grow food, build and maintain structures, how to
make radioactive grass into a delicious stew, and developing new highly marketable wandering minstrel talents which could save you and everyone with
you and future generations. Most people will choose sanity. Most people would choose not to kill each other over Cheetos.
I hope with all my heart we aren't headed towards such a future, but bear in mind, there are corners of the world that are already like that
(excepting the radiation hopefully) with thugdom large & in charge and child rape, slavery, murder, terror and starvation a daily event.
I guess, in the end, even if our efforts are futile we must reach for what could be even if we fail and die horribly. I'd rather die striving and
hoping than from eating someone's undercooked Grandma.