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Our “Go Kit” for the Zombie Apocalypse

How to remain spiritually hale in a crumbling world and useful to a society emerging from the ashes

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Los Cuentos - Meghan Hildebrand

Hmm. Would you want to stay alive?” I wonder aloud. My wife and I are sharing wine in the living room, and my question hangs there. It’s not blackouts we fear, nor natural disasters. It’s other people made aggressive and prejudicial by a trance of imagined scarcity, imagined separateness, and erroneous fears. Samantha (not her real name) is a first-generation American whose parents were raised in Germany and Hungary during Nazi rule and Soviet occupation, and she grew up hearing stories of hunger, darkened midnight trains, and the Knock at the Door. She describes an archetypal mild-mannered “Franz the baker” who is transformed by propaganda and economic pressure into an SS guard who arranges mass killings. How are we to be of best service in a world like that? I muse. Would it be any good for the world to try to stay alive in those times? Or, unafraid of death, do we just allow ourselves to die, and remove the burden of two more human mouths? I know we, as white lesbians who have experienced slurs, fears, and discrimination, might be tortured, raped, and executed in the process. “I vote for death.” …

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