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LJ Idol week 13: apathy

It’s the end of the world.

The Incan calendar is running out of pages. The zombie uprising is inevitable. South Korea now has a button of their very own, and I, for one, plan to welcome our new alien overlords. Here in California there have been a few more earthquakes than usual, and the wildfires have been burning hotter and longer. The weather patterns are getting nastier all over the world and people occasionally get on planes with bombs.

Change is coming. I don’t know what will change or how catastrophic it will be, but something is coming. You can feel it tingle on the back of your neck. What can we do? I can tell you what I am doing. 


I know about the things I’m supposed to have done. I should have an emergency kit for the apartment with food, water, basic medications, and survival gear. There should be another smaller kit in the car, along with a baseball bat or ax (don’t forget the zombies). My boyfriend and I should have selected a meeting place where we could find each other in case our cell phones become unusable. I should have a week’s worth of my prescription medicine with me at all times. 

But all of those things are a lot of work. It’s not like you can do them once and be done either, items in a safety kit should be gone through every six months to check for expiration dates and to rotate newer items in. A kit is only as good as what’s in it after all, and that takes regular maintenance. 

Creating a safety kit has been on my long term to do list for at least two years. I found a website that has a good list of what to include, and other sensible advice. It wouldn’t be too difficult to print out the list and go shopping, just to get it done. Then again, for two years I haven’t needed one. So why deal with the expense and finding the space? 

Who wants to think about what you might need to survive if the world as we know it ends? Bad things can and do happen but I’d rather not dwell on that. I’d rather be happy right now than be horribly worried about what may come. It’s better to live in blissful-- well if not ignorance, then avoidance.

***This is my entry for lucky week 13 of LJ Idol, the topic was apathy.  We have partners again this week so you should go and read [info]notbatman 's entry on current events that he can get into.  Voting will open up on Monday, I'll post a link then.***

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Thanks for the kind words. I think ideally the zombies should come the day before CA falls into the ocean. Wet zombies!

I love your beginning, there's something very poetical about the little line of disasters lining up for a dance.

I'm not one of the prepared ones either, but I always tell myself why bother? The best thing with the end of the world is the looting anyway...

Thanks. It was fun coming up with the list, and trying to figure out which overlords I would be welcoming.

Heh, that's true this does leave me more excuse for looting. Good call.

I can't say that I've ever planned for the end of the world. Guess I'm apathetic about that too.

It just never seems immediate enough to be concerned with.

I, too, have thought that I should make a disaster kit. And then I think that I could use that money to buy more books or a tasty cookie.

Heh, I am always in favor of more books. And that's exactly it, no matter how much I should make a kit, there is always something more immediate in my world to deal with.

I share your sentiments. Although I never even bothered to look up safety kits. Go you!:)

It almost feels like more of a failure having looked them up and then doing nothing about it. At least my boyfriend keeps bottled water in the house.

LOL... how can you not care?!?!! THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING!!!

lol... you pretty much sum up exactly how I feel about all of the doomsday talk. Nicely done.

But the sky has been about to fall for years and years, just for different reasons. So... whatever.


I did the disaster-prep thing for Y2K. The emergency nonperishable food stockpile was nice to have when I got laid off a few months later. I've never seriously done it since, though.

But your stockpile did get used, even if not for its originally intended reason. My fear is that I'd be good and build everything up, and then throw lots and lots of things away.

Ah, man, we are in danger from hurricans and tsunamis and I don't even have an extra bottle of water or extra food for the cats! We are in the same unprepared boat together. This is part of why I was the world's worst boy scout.

Living out here with the whole earthquake thing is still something I can't quite get the hang of. But I was never a scout (4-H instead) so maybe I can use that as an excuse.

It seems a lot of people take the avoidance perspective. Sometimes it definotly seems like less stress.

It's less stress in the short term. Where I ever to need it I would probably be stressed about what I wish I would have done, but ah well.

did someone say zombies???


I am of the opinion that my skill set would not be good for any apocolypse, so why prepare?

I had to include zombies. It wouldn't have been truthful otherwise.

I hadn't really thought of how my skills would crossover to the other side of an apocalypse, and I realize you have a point. Why plan to survive something you're not sure you'd want to survive anyway?

I'm pretty apathetic as well. I shouldn't be but oh well! hahaha

Exactly. I'm glad I'm not the only unprepared one.

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