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January 2013

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skills

I am not a person who believes in much.  But the other side of that coin is that I don't offhandedly discount much either.  So when someone mentions the End of the World, the Zombie Invasion, or Greatest War of Ultimate Destruction (Of Doom!!), I consider what life would be like should some end come to civilization.  I like to think I am prepared.  I'm not really prepared to fight whatever form the destruction takes, but I am prepared to live in the aftermath on the slight chance I do survive.  I think this is important in much the same way that gun rights proponents feel it's important to have weapons ready, just in case.  So I told my little sister that she could do whatever she wants with her life, but that I want her to also learn a skill that will be useful should the end times happen in our lifetime.  She thought I was kidding.  But then I think about the people at the office and wonder how many of them would be able to survive.  There is a theory that all citizens should have to serve time in the military.  I get it.  I think a better idea for our Capitalist lazy-asses is to make everyone spend time in poverty.  It doesn't matter how much money and influence you and your family/friends have.  Everyone should have to learn to live with less, as a means to learn life skills that privilege strips from us.

I could go on and on about this, but alas, I have to go to work and provide for myself.  So I leave with a question; what post-apocalyptic skill(s) do you have?  What makes you useful enough not to be among those cannibalized? 

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(Anonymous)

Zac's life skills

I can carry a 55-pound backpack (perhaps more, but never tested) many miles through the mountains without stopping, day after day, so I suppose I could offer myself out as a pack mule for people fleeing the apocalypse. Also, I don't really feel guilt (not sure why), so I won't hesitate to shoot you in the brain after the zombie bites you. None of this "I know you're still human somewhere in there" crap.
I very much agree. Have someone live on foodstamps for three months. I think the world could be a more understanding place.
(((hug))) Seeing the disparity even just at work every day makes me throw up a little in my mouth.
Yes, please shoot me if I get bitten by a zombie.
Two things here. One, your rant about everyone having to live in poverty (which I agree with, BTW) reminded me of a sub plot in a series of books I read years ago, the Guardians of the Flame. One of the feudal baronies had a tradition where the baron made his family live with him in one of the poorest houses in the barony and live the life of one of the common folks for like half a year. It's a neat idea...and I think I can dig it.

Onto the Zombie Apocalypse survival skills, well other than splitting wood and having a pretty good work ethic, I don't really have any. But that's ok, I'm not the guy who survives anyway. I'm the guy who dies buying my friends and loved ones time to escape.