The idea of a zombie apocalypse has become common place in today’s culture – in entertainment, on the news and even in day to day conversation. Zombies – in anyone’s interpretation – make people nervous. Add the ominous word “apocalypse” to that, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for mass panic. But what, exactly, is a zombie apocalypse?
What is a Zombie?
The technical definition of apocalypse is “any universal or widespread destruction or disaster” – that’s pretty clear. The definition of zombie is more complex, since there are actually several definitions of what a zombie is. The one used by horror movie producers is “the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose”. Another, more science-friendly definition is “a person whose behavior or responses are wooden or listless”.
For zombies to cause an apocalypse, several things have to be assumed. First, the zombies are doing damage – to people and to property. And, for zombies to become an apocalyptic force, there have to be a lot of them, so whatever causes the zombie state is likely infectious. Finally, when an ever-growing zombie population is intent on attacking healthy citizens and doing damage, it will result in the gradual breakdown of society.
What is a Zombie Apocalypse?
Based on this knowledge and common sense, a zombie apocalypse is a widespread attack on humanity by a growing plague of infectious, listless people intent on doing harm that eventually results in a breakdown of society as we know it.
The scariest part of a zombie apocalypse isn’t just the zombies – it’s the vacuums that are created when previously healthy people lose their vital place in society. What does that mean? It means that no one is safe in a zombie apocalypse scenario. Everyone from doctors to plumbers, electricians to factory workers – things we take for granted suddenly become sparse or disappear. To survive a zombie apocalypse, you have to figure out how to cope – and thrive.
Now that you know what a zombie apocalypse really means, you can read more about common sense strategies for survival that everyone should know.