A zombie apocalypse would be an easy time to die. The world would be filled with perils. The dead would be ravenous and would be relentless. Many of the humans would be ravenous and panicked. Perhaps worst of all, the evil would be opportunistic. Against this backdrop, there are many different ways to die. But, here are five ways to die that would be very common.
|A Zombie Walk in Brisbane Australia - photo by Andrew Mercer (www.baldwhiteguy.co.nz), CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons|
2. You could die because you are visible.
3. You could die because you lack supplies.
Do you have extra food and water in your home? Do you have extra supplies of your prescriptions? Do you have any way to grow your own food? Do you have a way to collect, clean, and purify drinking water? The lack of vital supplies could force you to go out and seek new supplies. Venturing out to get supplies is likely to make you more visible and therefore more vulnerable.
4. You could die because you are too sentimental.
Humans have feelings. We know right from wrong. We know how to help each other. Unfortunately, a zombie apocalypse scenario may force us to face scenarios where we have to make a choice between helping someone or surviving. Those are soul shattering decisions. We may have to decide whether we can change an outcome successfully before committing to a course of action. If we can help someone fight off a horde of zombies and we die, that doesn't help our family or our group survive.
Even on a smaller scale, sentimentality may cause problems. For example, if you decide to evacuate, you'll need to pack your car with supplies and people. If you pause to save old photo albums or other sentimental family treasures, your window of time for escape may close and you may lose your opportunity to evade the zombie onslaught.
5. You could die because you didn't stop and think.
The main advantage the living have over the dead is brains. You have to stop and think about what you want to accomplish, how you will accomplish it, what the risks are, and how you will survive if something goes wrong.