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Subj: Re: You wake up tomorrow and everyone is gone. What do you do?
Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 at 11:12:53 am CDT (Viewed 394 times)
Reply Subj: You wake up tomorrow and everyone is gone. What do you do?
Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 at 03:09:17 pm CDT (Viewed 523 times)


    Scenario is you wake up one morning and no one is there, no wife, no parents living above the basement, no flatmate (whatever the situation).

    There are no bodies lying in the street, no wreckage of cars etc, everyone is just gone.

    TV is out etc. You have no idea what has happened, you have no idea if there is anyone around in the world, but after a comprehensive search there is no one in the neighbourhood.

    Neighbourhood pets are gone, but wildlife is still about.

    What would you do?

Very interesting hypothetical!

I assume most people give themselves more credit than they deserve regarding how they would handle dangerous or disaster-type situations, and I'm probably no different. Thinking about a hypothetical situation with a rational mind, is far different than being in the situation with the possibility of panic.

My first instinct would be to stay home and gather supplies for the short term. With nobody else around I have no competition at the grocery store to stock up on food. After a few days if nothing changes regarding the situation, I might start to explore further away. I might load up a van or truck with food, supplies and personal items, and drive a full day to get a picture of how wide ranging the problem is.

For the point of the hypothetical, I'm guessing your point is not that we can drive a thousand miles and find people and cities as normal. So, after venturing out, and finding the same everywhere I go, I need to start planning long term. Canned food will last me about 3 years, but I'll need to settle in a climate that will enable me access to wild game (which might be plentiful in a world without people), and also to plant fruit and vegetables. I'd also raid libraries and book stores for manuals and self-help books on survival, planting, building etc. to help me along the way.

Once settled somewhere I think I can feed myself, and once I've sorted out a collection of books for the knowledge I need to survive, then it's time to begin thinking about mental sanity (if it's not too late already). I don't know how long someone can stay sane with zero human interaction. My instinct is that in addition to solving my daily problems, my brain is best kept active through gathering books on various topics, including puzzles. Although no substitute for another person, having a pet might give me something to care for and interact with. You said there were no neighborhood pets, but maybe I could find a feral cat, stray dog, zoo animal, or I've heard of people domesticating squirrels and raccoons. So, I'd find something.

And that might be with a collection of books, planting and hunting, sheltered in a house somewhere with agreeable climate, some pets to interact with, trying to maintain my sanity for as long as I can.

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