World Post War
I am sitting in my living room, watching my friend Tyler play a video game called Fallout. From what I gather it is a game about the planet earth post-nuclear war. It looks traditionally like most of these games and movies, and I have been sitting here asking him (annoying) questions about what we think the world will be like if something like that were to really happen. Tyler is a clear-thinking Republican, I am and idealist Democrat (mostly). We’re both history majors with aspirations of teaching so it has been a pretty funny conversation. I will give you some thoughts, and then tell you about some of our conversations.
- With the exception of Water World, most of these movies are pretty desert like.
- Everyone Smokes
- Everyone has guns
- They look like the wild west
- There is no technology. I have a hard time imagining that if something like that were to occur that we would also forget everything about how we make the world work.
Me: Do you think there will be a religious revival as a result or an exodus from faith.
Tyler: I don’t know.
Me: I think it will be divided based on intelligence levels. I think that smart people will abandon faith while dumber people will organize around fundamentalism.
Me: Why is there no technology?
Tyler: Everyone is too busy fighting for their lives. No one has time to go start up the generators, or make electricity.
Me: You really think that every day will be a life or death struggle?
Me: All these games and movies have everyone carrying around guns.
Tyler: Well yea, you have to defend yourself.
Me: From what?
Tyler: People with guns.
Me: Good point
Me: In a post-apocalyptic world, where would you go?
Tyler: Depends, who got nuked?
Me: All major cities.
Tyler: Then I would stay here in Northwest Arkansas.
Me: Is that because it’s where you are or because that is best.
Tyler: I would want to sta here because it would keep me away from all the crazy stuff going on in other places.
Me: I would go to Costa Rica
Tyler: How would you get there?
Me: Walk, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Me: Why does everyone in these worlds smoke?
Tyler: Why wouldn’t they?
Me: Because they’d die.
Me: There is a lot of bad language in the post-apocalyptic world.
Tyler: There is a lot of bad language now.