Pandemics and post apocalyptic life

Published 7:00 am Saturday, August 9, 2014

Zombie movies are pretty popular these days.

I enjoy watching them. Not because of the blood and gore they contain, but because I find post apocalyptic story lines interesting.

In spite of the negative reviews, I like the movie Water World. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched Zombie Land, or even Shawn of the Dead; two movies that add a comic twist to the zombie movie genre.

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I even watched The Road, a movie I think has a slow story line, but I still kind of enjoyed.

Recent news coverage on the Ebola outbreak causes me to think of what a real life post apocalyptic event would be like, especially one caused by a pandemic. Essentially zombie movies are really about a pandemic, where people are systematically infected with a virus or disease that wipes out a major portion of the population. 

In no way do I wish for such a thing to actually occur. For several reasons it would be unfortunate. Personally I would miss coffee, electricity and of course the first world amenity we all enjoy in south Mississippi, air conditioning.

While the possibility of a real life zombie apocalypse actually taking place is nearly impossible, since a deceased life form is incapable of movement, the Ebola outbreak is scary to think about.

The recent outbreak makes people think about what would really occur if a pandemic were to take out a large portion of the world’s population. The Black Death is a good example of what could happen. 

I can’t think of a society that is prepared to deal with a major pandemic. I’d like to think our country has some plan in place.

But most of all, I have my hopes that the governments around the world are doing everything they can to prevent this outbreak from becoming a pandemic.