I’ve been watching a lot of science fiction lately and it got me thinking about what it would be like to live in a post-apocalyptic world. I’m sure sci-fi has that effect on a lot of people, so I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts with you. Maybe we can compare notes.
Being the diligent researcher that I am, I didn’t want to rely solely on Hollywood’s view of post-apocalysm. I went to my trusty “friend” the internet and found an “official” definition on Wikipedia that is paraphrased below.
A post-apocalyptic world depicts the end of civilization due to one or more catastrophic events.
When I read this, I tried to think of what such a world might look like and found that it was easy to imagine.
In my vision, I saw a place with an unstable economy; and not just in the United States but across the entire planet. The stock market would be manic-depressive spiking high and dipping low. There would also be a shortage of jobs and a downturn in the housing market. Similar to today but worse.
The planet would be plagued with strange occurrences. Things weirder than sink holes under beds in Guatemala, 5,000 birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, hundreds of dead fish in Texas, zombie ants that kill themselves at high noon in Thailand, or a bugnado (tornado of bugs) caught on tape in Iowa.
Bugnado: Swarming Bug (Apo-Calypso?) Dance (Photo by extreminstability.com)
This world would also be inundated with strange and extreme weather phenomena. Things much weirder and more severe than haboobs (sandstorms) in Arizona and Texas or mile-wide tornados that stay on the ground destroying everything in their path. There would also be frequent and extreme occurrences of hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
In my imagination, a post-apocalyptic world would be wrought with such things as bad entertainment in an effort to distract people from their reality. Ironically, they would come in the form of “reality” TV and wouldn’t really make people forget. However, such shows might serve another purpose: to distract viewers so they would never even become aware that the apocalypse had already taken place.
The Onion claims that the apocalypse has already occurred. According to their report, it happened on April 3, 2008 (they didn’t say what time). Personally, I think if it had happened we would have heard or felt some kind of explosion. In my humble opinion, we’re safe for at least a little while.
May the farce be with you!
Your IFF and Psy-ficologist,