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Post-apocalyptic movies are popular for a reason. We live in a world that is brimming with long lines, bills, traffic jams, bureaucracy, and stressful jobs.
So even though we intuitively understand that living in an apocalyptic hellscape would be an absolute horror show, in the back of our minds we kinda wish that we had an excuse to blow off all of our modern responsibilities.
In that sense, post-apocalyptic movies and TV shows provide the perfect fantasy for us. They give us loner protagonists wandering through the quiet, windswept ruins of our cities, scavenging for food and fighting off zombies instead of working day jobs. These films try to convince us that post-apocalyptic living is an arduous but simple feat, in much the same way that Old Western movies romanticized the pre-modern world.
In short, these films depict the death of everything we hate about modern society, while downplaying the consequences of that state of affairs. They portray the leftovers of our society as a playground for charismatic misfits, but neglect to inform you of a very important detail. If the modern world falls apart, never to return, it’s going to leave behind an abundance of ticking time bombs in its wake.
They don’t show you what will happen to millions of our abandoned pets, who will revert to their wild instincts after we stop feeding them, and begin competing with their former owners for food. These films don’t show you what it’s like to walk through an abandoned suburban city, where ten thousand swimming pools have turned into breeding grounds for disease carrying mosquitoes.
They rarely mention the dozens of nuclear power plants that litter the United States. If no one is there to operate them, how long before they melt down and bury millions of survivors under a radioactive cloud?
Then there are the 12,000 facilities around the country that store large quantities of toxic or flammable chemicals, and reside close to residential areas. 2,500 of these sites contain chemicals in quantities that, if a catastrophic accident were to occur, could affect 10,000 to 1 million people each. And let’s not forget the 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines that can be found in every state. They suffer hundreds of leaks and ruptures every year, and are much more likely to explode when they aren’t maintained. That detail seems to be conveniently forgotten by post-apocalyptic films.
And finally, most post-apocalyptic movies will forget to mention what happens when there aren’t any functional fire departments. Aside from the obvious consequences, like whole neighborhoods routinely burning to the ground, who’s going to put out landfill fires that are occasionally radioactive?
Another product of the modern world is the poor management of our national parks and forests, which has laid the groundwork for some of the largest and fastest burning forest fires in history. Even with the help of firefighters, these conflagrations routinely burn more than a 100,000 acres at a time. How many rural Americans are going to have to flee their homes from the veritable tidal wave of wildfires that would scorch the landscape?
Frankly, this is just a short list of some of the unexpected disasters that will be waiting for us if society collapses. There are probably plenty of others that we haven’t even considered yet. So the next time you’re enjoying a post-apocalyptic feature of some kind, try not to get too wrapped up in the fantasy it provides. If the world falls apart, traveling through the ruins of our dead civilization will be less like a whimsical action packed adventure, and more like traversing a mine field without a metal detector.
History has shown us many times that it can all fly away in a split of a second.The biggest misstep that you can take now is to think that this can never happen in America or to you!Call me old fashioned; I don’t care…but I completely believe in America and what our ancestors stood for.They all had a part in turning this land into one of the most powerful countries in the world.Many died and suffered before a creative mind found an ingenious solution to maybe a century old problem. Believe it or not, our ancestors skills are all covered in American blood. This is why these must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same for our children and our children’s children.Our ancestors laid the bricks and built the world’s strongest foundation…that we are about to -irreversibly forget! I don’t want to see our forefathers’ knowledge disappear into the darkness of time…and if you care for your family…and what America stands for…then neither should you! Watch the video below and learn more:
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3 Replies to “Here’s What Movies Forget to Mention About What Happens After A Society Collapse”
I agree with most of this post except for the nuclear reactor part. The control rods that slow down the chain reaction in the reactor should drop into the reactor when the power goes out. If society does fall then the plants will be put on stand by and the reactors put into low gear. As long as the reactors are kept cool then the problem is small. Reactor overheating is what caused the problems in Japan and Russia. The fall of society will not be sudden and the reactor plant operators will not want the reactors to melt down because their families live nearby. The fall of law and order and the collapse of the supply chain will present a much greater danger. As to the pets that will no longer be cared for, these will provide a great source of protein. I know it is cruel to consider eating your beloved dog or cat but it is better than starving. Dog is eaten in SE Asia and horse is popular in France. I will eat whatever I have need to survive including your beloved pet. People will use the water in swimming pools for irrigation and other purposes. Study the Great Depression for lessons as to what the fall of society will bring. The fall of the welfare state and the violence it will bring present a much greater danger, at least in the short run. People lived without modern society for centuries and we will do so again.
Your disagreement is flawed. if the power goes out then so too do the cooling pumps. Meltdown begins immediately. Without the cooling, just the heat from radioactive decay will continue a meltdown even without any continued fission.
Fukushima is not over either. They still can’t locate some 600 tons (that’s 1.2 million pounds) of melted uranium fuel. They also have some 10 million 30 gallon trash bags of contaminated soil on site they don’t know what to do with. They are just piled up on site and in case you are not aware, plastic does not hold up indefinitely to UV radiation of the Sun. Then there is the millions of tons of radioactive water in what are now leaking storage tanks. Radioactive water continues to leak out into the ocean. Tepco has been unable to stop it. How is that US West Coast seafood tasting?
Fukushima and Chernobyl were just 2 nuclear plant failures. The US alone has some 60 nuclear plants with 100 active reactors. There are currently over 440 nuclear reactors in operation around the world with another 63 nuclear plants (many with multiple reactors) under construction. If just 5% of those failed the world would be in deep trouble.
The problem with nuclear reactors is everyone assumes they are safe until something happens to prove they are not. Then it’s too late. Places like Japan and even here in CA know they sit atop active fault lines that can produce devastating earthquakes and tsunamis at any time yet they build these nuclear plants anyway!
Oh and here is one for the books on human stupidity. Wyoming is a nuclear fuel processing giant with multiple mines, mills, processors and reclamation centers. It is also home to one of the largest super volcanoes on the planted. The Yellowstone caldera. Big enough to cause another ice age and wipe out 90% of life on the planet when it erupts. So sure, let’s surround it with millions of tons of nuclear material because a potential 90% extinction rate isn’t good enough! What the hell right?
Then there is also that pesky 13,000 tons (26 million pounds) of high level nuclear waste that does not to this day have a permanent or secure storage place. We generate 2,200 additional tons per year that we have no idea what to do with. Most is just stored on site where it produced. Sounds an awful lot like a terrorists wet dream! I won’t even detail the low level nuclear waste problem. To quote Hillary Clinton’s famous words, “at this point what difference does it make”.
“People lived without modern society for centuries and we will do so again.” They also did not have to worry about stuff like nuclear reactors, oil and gas pipelines, chemical and biological storage facilities, etc.
Speaking of those biological storage facilities, what happens when they lose power and all those nasty man made viruses and bacteria thaw out? It’s already disturbing enough to know that even after being frozen at temperatures near that of liquid nitrogen they can still survive.
This article was quite good and even so it still left out some serious concerns.
Good. Bring it on.