Have you thought about the end of the world? Not how the world was going to end, per say, rather what would you do with your final days on Earth?
The plans many people come up with are very general in their nature. For some, the end of the world signals the end of inhibitions, with copious amounts of drug use, alcohol, sex, and other general debauchery reigning supreme. For others, a certain finality brings about nothing more than an irrefutable need to spend their final hours with family, friends, and in the case of sadists, our fiercest foes. With all that said, even the best laid end of the world plans are rarely very detailed.
Remember when a radical Christian preacher told everyone that there would be a giant earthquake that would cause the Rapture? Most people have forgotten about that, but that was totally a thing in the late spring of 2011. Long story short, said giant earthquake would start at the international date line, then move around the world by time zones at exactly 6 pm local time until the entire world was hit by the earthquake. This event was to preclude the actual end of the world, which was “scheduled” to take place in October of that same year.
Now obviously we’re not dead, so the world didn’t end. That said, the wife and I had a plan just in case a giant, time zone abiding earthquake actually happened. To be fair, said monstrous tremor was actually set to happen about two weeks before she and I started dating. Likewise, I was living in Arizona while she lived in Indiana. Despite all of that we had a plan.
The plan was quite simple really. She would be up from having to work that morning, while I would have the advantage of living in Arizona (which doesn’t obey Daylight Savings Time) to buy me a bit of extra time. From there, we’d drive to Oklahoma (the city was either Oklahoma City or Tulsa, and I don’t remember which…though I do remember part of the goal was to avoid the 93% of Oklahoma which is desolate, flat, and populated with nothing but Texans and tornadoes), get a hotel room, and wait for our imminent demise.
The plan wasn’t more specific than that, though it probably should have been. After all, no end of the world plan takes into account that traffic would be a bitch. Think about how shitty traffic is on the Gulf Coast every time a hurricane hits. Could you imagine the complete and total bullshit that every road would be like if the world were actually ending (especially with advanced notice like this scenario would have provided)? The entire United States would become as chaotic as Los Angeles’ rush hour.
Likewise, our hotel idea probably wouldn’t have been the best plan either. Assuming for a moment that said establishment would actually stay open in the event of a world-ending event (a statistical unlikelihood at best), it would only be a matter of time before the looters and pillagers would see a hotel in pristine condition, upon which time they’d descend on the building, stealing everything from televisions to Tic-Tacs before burning the building to the ground.
This logic doesn’t take into account the fact that many of our perceived apocalyptic scenarios are ones that have no real warning. While the rolling earthquake or a severe polar storm like the one in The Day After Tomorrow provides a warning of its coming, total nuclear devastation and the zombie apocalypse are a little harder to pin down when they’re going to happen. Some people have contingency plans for nothing, while others have plans for everything.
Which side of this equation do you fall on? Do you have a survival plan for impending death and destruction? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.