How will the world end?
Will it be an asteroid slamming into earth? A nuclear World War III that wipes out all the major cities? Or a pandemic which will find our doctors helpless as conventional drugs fail? The end of the world features in many stories and films and is a morbid topic which for some reason fascinates. I think all of us at one time or another has wondered what we would do to survive. I know my husband and I, on more than one occasion, discussed it. I focussed on the stocking up on supplies aspect, musing I’d scrounge for all the canned goods, clothing, blankets and medical supplies I could find. My husband’s alpha tendencies showed in our talk when he spoke of getting weapons to defend us and making our home into a fortress. He’s more of a Mad Maxx thinker while I’m more of a survivor and rebuild Deep Impact one.
Which reminds me—seeds! No world rebuilding is complete without them and at least one fat medical text book to diagnose and heal ourselves in a world without doctors. One thing for sure, I’d sure feel sorry for the all the women who’d have to go through childbirth without drugs. Ouch!
A disturbing element common in most end of the world scenarios, is how violent society turns. Mad Maxx, Waterworld and other films are chock full of violence and fighting for survival not against the elements and starvation, but against each other. Maybe I have a bit of a Polyanna view, but I’d like to think the majority of us who survived a widespread calamity would pull together to form a helping hand society, one not ruled by violent bullies. But I have to wonder, would we follow a true leader who has the skills to motivate people to survive and rebuild a better world or would we descend into chaos because it’s easier? My husband scoffs that with my naïve attitude, I wouldn’t survive long without him. Funny thing though, if it came down to protecting home and hearth, I’d do what I have to because family is everything, I just wouldn’t enjoy it or want to live a life where I needed to defend myself and those I love every day.
Which group would you fall in? And which is more realistic given humanity’s propensity for violence and caring? Have you ever given it any thought? What’s your ultimate plan of survival? Do you stay where you are or move to the boonies where you have a better chance of living off the land? I wonder if you took away all of civilizations trappings if our instinct for survival would resurface?
In my newest story, Apocalypse Cowboy, I explore the world annihilation scenario . In my fabrication, a flu-like virus runs rampant killing off almost the entire world’s population leaving behind only handfuls of survivors. While violence plays a part in this tale, it’s mostly a story about betrayal and trust. Here, I’ll let you peek at the blurb for this story.
What to do when the man who betrayed her happens to be the last man on earth?
Brody never forgot his first love, the one his pride made him lose. When the world dies almost overnight, he find himself drawn back to his hometown and the love he left behind.
Hannah never thought the expression, ‘Not if you were the last man on earth’ would ever come back to haunt her, but when the world’s population is decimated by a deadly virus, she regrets her words, especially when Brody comes riding back into her life.
Against all odds they survived the plague, but will the mistakes of the past continue to tear them apart?
Now available from Cobblestone Press, I invite you to see my site for an excerpt and more info.
Big thanks to Cassandra Gold for this opportunity to guest blog and to everyone who came out for a peek.
:) Eve Langlais