There was a line in 28 Days Later that got me to thinking. Its after the group leaves the city and finds their way to the house controlled by the soldiers. The commanding officer takes Jim (played by Cillian Murphy) into a courtyard where an infected soldier is chained up.
The commanding officer tells the Jim that the infected soldier provides a lot of information. Jim says something along the lines of “what does he tell you?” The commanding officer explains that the infected solider will never raise crops, he will never raise livestock, he will never bake bread, he has no future. And eventually, he will tell me how long the infected take to starve to death.”
This brings up the question, post SHTF, how many people will “have no future”?
- How many people will be unable to raise crops,
- How many people will be unable to raise livestock,
- How many people will be unable to hunt,
- How many people will be unable to bake bread,
- How many people will be able to adapt to a new lifestyle,
I call it “the dog bowl theory” – its when a dog looses its instinct to hunt. Its when a dog walks over to the food bowl, there is no food, so the dog just looks up at the dogs owner and whines. Its like the dog is saying “what am I supposed to do now? There is no food in the bowl.”