Random Things in Motion #7: Would you be selfish… in a post-apocalyptic situation?

I’m sure the post-apocalyptic or dystopic junkies can very well relate with me with regards to this subject. Imagine it’s the end of the world. The sky is painted dark red, the color of war tainting the horizon, and our MC and his band of friends are down to their very last resources: a loaf of bread, a couple of beef jerkies, and a 1.5 liter of warm soda. It’s enough to last them one more week before they need to go scavenging again, and the houses have been found to be emptier and emptier by the day. As they walk along the roads, they see a dying man curled up on the street, on the brink of emminent death. The MC has two options:

1.) Don’t spare a glance to the dying man. Keep your hard-earned resources to yourself; or
2.) Give him your loaf of bread and help him live another day.

Now, if you ask me what I would do in such a situation, it’s actually hard to say. When it’s the end of the world as we know it, it means that social structure has fallen and you’re on your own. There’s no law to protect you, no farmer or fisherman to provide you your dose of protein, and it’s likely there’s no authority whatsoever to tell you what to do. In short: it’s a race of survival. 

In the books I read, I occasionally come upon a scenario in which the character has the choice to share what he has to the less fortunate. To be compassionate, or to be selfish? To be kind, or to be more practical? Believe it or not, it’s actually not quite simple, at least to me.

Would I have shared?

Yes.

And no.

I’m weird like that. I’m actually pretty generous in nature, oftentimes treating my buddies to dinner, but that’s only when I know I can spare resources for you and still be contented with what I have left. If it were in an entirely different situation, say, an APOCALYPSE, which is not something to be taken lightly mind you, I wouldn’t be as generous as I would have been. Unless you’re a friend or family, I won’t give my supplies out of the kindness of my heart especially when I’m not certain I’ll be able to last with it in the next few days. I understand the concept of giving and being compassionate and how it’s more human, but for me, that works if your resources are in abundance, and not in my expense.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN I AM A DOUCHEBAG, HOWEVER. I love sharing, I love giving my friends gifts, but it’s a seriously different scenario when it’s the end of the world. It’s when everyone is out there for himself. It’s that time when the people you trust may turn into a snak in order to last even longer. It’s when survival comes first before anything else.

So what is your take on it? What do you feel when an MC is too kind in a post-apocalyptic situation? What would you have done?

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  1. says

    I believe it speaks volume about the character’s humanity if he/she is willing to share resources out of the goodness of his/her heart. I would want to say I would do the same but I don’t think I could be that “good”. As much as I think that I’m an idealist, I do have a sneaking suspicion that I’m more of a pragmatist at heart. Like you, I would really extend help and share my blessings to anyone if we’re living in these times. But in a time when survival is a must and necessities are hard to come by, then I would first and foremost look out for myself.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Absolutely. Someone like that would be someone very extraordinary. A mother Teresa, a Jesus, a Gandhi, but certainly not me. I’m too much of a selfish twat XD

  2. says

    While generosity is something that is hard to come by, it’s easy to be generous when we have plenty of things ourselves. But when resources are scarce, we are starving and have our own loved ones or groups to look after, then it’s all about survival. I don’t think people can be judged as being selfish in those situations, because it’s entirely understandable. I mean why look after a stranger when you need to look out for yourself? Really great honest topic Faye.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, I definitely agree with you. I treat my family, particularly my mom, whenever I have moolah to spare. But if I don’t have any, don’t expect me to even buy luxurious things even for myself. I’ll be saving as frack haha. It’s definitely about survival when situations come to that :(

  3. says

    Bleh. The thing is, me- I wouldn’t WANT to share, but I would if there’s no one around. It’s the fucking apocalypse but I would because I’m such a sap. And then I’d slap myself and throw myself off a bridge. And hell, to begin with, I wouldn’t have it in the first place. I’m such a goddman idiot and pissant, some kid would have snatched it away from me the moment I got it.

    Or maybe I wouldn’t. MAybe I’d grow stronger and more stoic, the hunger bringing out my survival instincts. As if. -_-
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    • FayeFaye says

      LOL, you’re too hard on yourself, Stuti! I’m sure you have some impressive skills hidden down your sleeve… you just don’t want to let us be in the know! :P It’s okay, it’s okay. But I know *I* don’t ahve any practical skills… doubt I’d survive beyond the first week, really.

  4. says

    I don’t read that many dystopias, let alone apocalyptic style reads, but in that scenerio, no, I wouldn’t share, and I’d definitely keep myself with as little ‘friends’ and such as possible, more connections, more slip ups, more people to share with, more chances of being caught and more risks. When MCs are just kind and being stupid, that annoys me, plus the fact that most of the people the MC helps almost always turn out to be people turning them in, trying to kill them or traitors, it’s the only plot twists available really. To be fair, this could be why I don’t read them much.. Great post though Faye!
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    • FayeFaye says

      You don’t read many dystopias or post-apocalyptic reads? Well, you’re not missing out much, then :P Many of the ones in this genre today are pretty lackluster as far as I can tell… But yeah, the less connections you have, the better chances of survival. They actually annoy me the heck, too! I mean it’s not to be kind, but please practice a sense of precaution or something!

  5. says

    I think this is a difficult question to answher, but I do think that’s it quite logical to be selfish in a apocalypse or dystopia situation. It’s just so different from our current situation and even then, you just can’t give everything away. I think I would pretend I never saw the men. It might changes though if he actually talks to me, I find it hard to say no to people sometimes. Also I can’t stand being hungry and get extremely annoying when I am, so I think I’ll be selfish and keep the food. It’s difficult to imagine this situation and find it hard to decide what I would think and do in such a situation. Let’s hope the apocalypse will never happen!
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    • FayeFaye says

      I think so, too! It would only be human nature to feel that way. Especially since in such a world, being kind can bite you in the ass. Saying no to me can be hard, too! Like I would see beggars in the street, and I would instantly buy food and water for them because I just feel so sorry right now? In this scenario, I guess I would need to harden myself!

  6. says

    Ha – I do think about things like this…
    I’m also strategic enough that I think sharing is sometime both the right thing to do and might also help you. That guy you save from death’s doorstep might have important skills that will help your group .. or you might waste some of your last food on someone about to die anyway….
    Fun topic!!
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    • FayeFaye says

      I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one, Jen :P Oooh, I haven’t thought of that actually. That may actually work with someone who’s still healthy though.

  7. says

    Fiction wise and based on my personality I would say I could be selfish. However, if I’m able to help and the resources allow me then why not. But I’m not going to pretend to be brave and kind if I’m going to suffer in the end. I think in order to survive I have to forsake a bit of generosity. I think it’s a realistic and logical decision.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yup, I would be the same, too. As long as I have the resources to spare and still be happy with what I’ll have left, I have no qualms with sharing. But yeah, in a harsh world, we may need to harden our hearts :( There’s a saying that goes: “Save yourself first so you may save others.” I’ll probably gather so many food and everything so in that case I’ll have the means to help people.

  8. says

    Idk. I’d like to think that I’d share, but I can’t really tell. I’d love to live too, you know? I haven’t read that many post-apocalyptic novels so I really haven’t thought about it, but sometimes I see people (read about them too *cough* Anna in Sweet Evil *cough*) where people give away all their money that they have with them at the time and give it to a homeless person or whoever. And I think that’s very generous, but you never know what they do with the money. If they want bread, why not buy them? Anyhow, in a post-apoc. world, I’d say that everyone is looking out for themselves and I find it a tad unrealistic when the MC gives their stuff away for a stranger.

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    • FayeFaye says

      Wow, they did that?! that’s insane! And you’re right – my mom discourages giving street children big money because she says “you won’t know what they do with it.” Apparently she knew someone who gave a huge sum to one kid, and later saw the same kid gambling all of it away in some shady place. >_> I find that unrealistic, too. As they say, give a man a fish he lives for a day. Teach him how to fish, he lives for a lifetime ^_^

  9. says

    I’ll be honest. If I didn’t know him or was a recent addition to the group or whatever, I wouldn’t share. Also my group would be extremely small. I need people that will be A. Useful and B. Have my back no matter what. Loyalty.

    That probably sounds cold-hearted but it’s survival so screw it xD
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    • FayeFaye says

      Don’t worry about frankness ;) We all want honesty in this space! In any case, I woud do the same thing as well. I wouldn’t want to have too many connections because one way or another, it would bite me in the ass… hard!

  10. says

    Of course you’re not a douchebag. It’s normal, and in human nature the desire to survive. In normal circumstances I also like to share things and be generous but honestly apocalypse is another story all together. So yes I’d behave same as you. Great post, Faye :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, thank you so much, Tanja! That’s actually pretty comforting to know ^_^ And yes, you’re right – take out all the societal structures and we are left with our primal instinct to survive.

  11. says

    This is definitely an interesting question to ponder. I had a discussion with one of my best friends about this and she concluded I would likely be the person first wiped out in a post-apocalypse situation so I am not sure I would have much time to be selfish. However, since I am supposedly not going to survive, unless it was my closest friends and family who I think in some situations I would give my resources too even if it meant I struggled then I would have to keep my own resources. After all, survival of the fittest and everything, so I would not always belittle a MC for doing such actions unless they were needlessly selfish and cruel because despite the world being ruined, I still do not think we should resort to chaos and cruelty.

    • FayeFaye says

      Haha… if I were being realistic myself, I doubt I’d survive the apocalyptic event, so yeah, maybe a post-apocalyptic scenario wouldn’t see me there because I’ve been dead already before it happened! Haha. And indeed, this kind of situation would all drive us to the edge, perhaps even to our primal instincts. It’s the sad reality of life, you know? Take out all these societal constructs and everything that make us a civilization and we’re reduced to bloody animals. /smh

  12. says

    I’ve always thought about these things… and I’d have to say that my answer is the same as yours: yes and no. I think I would share a little bit, but not give away my supplies entirely. But I would abandon him either; I’d probably stay and keep him company until he died, unless I was forced to move by some other freaky apocalyptic force of nature.

    Then again, this is all speculation, and I’m kind of hoping I never have to be in a situation that I have to make those decisions.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one with these depressing thoughts in my head. I wouldn’t give everything of mine, either. It’s just not practical for myself in the long run. But wow, that’s really an act of kindness. I didn’t think of that (does that tell a lot about myself? eeeek.) Yes, that’s an amazing idea :) That’s the very least you can do I think, to not let them die alone.

  13. says

    Faye, you need to stop making these discussions which make me feel like a horrible human being okay [;

    Honestly during a apocalyptic situation all us want to be the heroic one who saves others. But I just don’t find myself fitting that role realistically. More likely, it’ll be survival of the fittest and I’ll work hard to ensure that my loved ones and allies will be the ones who live. They’ll be the ones I’d share with, rather than me just being an amazing human and helping everybody. It’s in really human nature to care for ourselves first, followed by those we care about. I just don’t see myself giving away limited resources to somebody who I just met.

    That being said, I’m not a soulless monster :P If I was trekking around this barren apocalyptic landscape and found a sobbing little girl- oh god. Children would be my weakness, especially if they looked so helpless. That’s when I’d step it up and share the wealth
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    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, I’m so sorry, Larissa! I promise that my next RTM post won’t be this… depressing. I realize it’s not nice to remind myself that underneath all the layer is the potential to be primitive :P

      Yeah, same here. I mean, I would love to be THE hero for that kind of scenario, but I am just not really that brave or courageous. I may act that way towards the people I love and am close with, but the rest of the world? Highly unlikely.

      Yeah, children :( Children are different, I guess. They’re vulnerable and helpless and need guidance and protection. I guess I’d do the same, too!

  14. says

    I kind of think it goes to what kind of person YOU are. You know, like the MTBI personality thingies? (I bet I got that MTBI-whatever combination wrong). Like some people are just more compassionate than others. If it was someone in my family needing the water: I’d give it to them. But if it was a stranger? To be honest I probably wouldn’t! I’M HORRIBLE. But I’m not a really super mega compassionate person. *shrugs* I’d do basically anything for my family though. *huggles family*
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    • FayeFaye says

      MTBI?! I have never heard of such a thing. I’m sure my results are horrible if we’re going to base that test on this societal experiment. Haha. I think everyone would do anything for their family! I know I would. But yeah, to people I don’t know, unless they’re helpless kids/babies, I’d just show them the way where to go, but not give what I have.

    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, oh yes. Coffee would really be nice indeed. I take like 2 cups a day, don’t know how to survive without it! We do have like XO candies over here so I guess that works, too. :P

  15. says

    Hmmm, great question. In all honesty, I’d probably be selfish or selectively generous if you will. I’d help out friends and family and but outside of that it’s survival of the fittest! Oh geez, I’m a bad person. 0_o I know that most people will ideally want to be the person who saves everyone else, the leader, the hero! It’s just not realistic though… I think we all have good in ourselves but in times of need and peril, the selfishness/self-preservation tends to shine through. Wonderful post idea!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Thanks, Rachel! :) that’s not a bad thing, really. I’d be selectively generous, too. I’d probably give effort to my friends and family and that’s it. And oh, as someone else here has pointed out, kids, too. They can pull the heartstrings with just a tear, you know >_<

  16. says

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say no. If it’s either the survival of my family (including my dog) and a stranger, I’m going to pick my family. Every time. Hands down.
    I’m pretty generous by nature too, I donate, give money to charity and muffle my laughter when I see someone falling down, I’m really considerate like that. But if the end of the world is nigh, well it’ll be every man or woman for themselves and I figure I’ve been generous enough throughout life to have earned this selfishness.

    Faye, you’re killing me. These bloody questions.
    Hold on, is something coming and you’re weeding your way through which ones of us you’ll do it first and who you’ll keep?
    *narrows eyes and backs away*
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    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, you’re definitely not alone in your sentiments, Kelly! Almost everyone here feels the same way as you do, and I’m not really surprised that is the case. It really is a hard situation to be in!

      Wow, that really is kind and considerate of you. I’m generous to my friends and homeless, too, but I don’t think I’ve given anything to a charity yet. When I become stinking rich, I’ll make that a goal, because right now I don’t really have anything else for something that big >< HAHAHAHA. OMG :)) Don't I wish I was that clever?! But don't worry ,you won't be expecting something like that from me ;)

  17. says

    Oh, WHY??? Why do you always have to come up with subjects so tearing??? Ugh ugh ugh.

    Okay, so I think I will be sharing my supplies with my love ones and maybe even strangers that I pitty because I couldn’t look at them die and not do anything. I believe I am not selfish with food EXCEPT with chocolate and candy. You can’t take that away from me unless you’re my best friend. So don’t ask Faye, you won’t receive. Mouahahahah.

    What’s with me today??? Your discussion post, your fault. Bare with my honesty. ;)

    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, I’m terribly sorry! I have the admit that curiousity definitely got the better of me >< Aw, you're so nice! Haha. Almost everyone here has answered that they won't share anything, I included! O_O But yeah, chocolates are another story. I love them chocolates and would hoard them in an end of the world scenario. Wahaha.

    • FayeFaye says

      Yeah :/ and you’re one of the kindest people I know in the book blogging world! See! When encountering such situations, we all go back to survival of the fittest, and being selfish includes that. ._. Which is such a depressing thought.

    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, pretty much :( Someone told me that if the person has some skills that are useful, that’s a good reason to also help them. I guess you strike a bargain or something? :o

  18. says

    While it’s true that when someone gives a stranger aid, they’re a kind and generous person, at the same time, in this sort of dystopian/post-apocalyptic scenario, you do also have to question whether they’re a bit foolish. You know, like, do they not care if they starve? Wouldn’t you rather save it in case you come across someone you know? etc etc

    Not gonna lie, if in that situation, there is no way I would give my food to a stranger. Maybe it’s a bit harsh, but I don’t know anything about that person- I could be helping a serial killer for all I know (lol a bit extreme, but you get what I mean :P). Of course, if it were friends and family, I know them and care about them so I’d probably be willing to give them supplies- but then again, this is me talking with a full belly and enough sleep and all that, so maybe in the situation, I’d be a selfish little shit and not give my food to anyone. Who knows haha
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yeah, I remember reading a dystopic book by Ash Mullin not too long ago (something to do with erupting volcanoes) and one of the main characters there almost gave up everything he had to someone who tried to attack him because he bloody felt sorry. I WAS APPALLED. Seriously, it was bloody appalling and I couldn’t help but throw exotic curses at him. Haha.

      Friends and family will probably always be the immediate priority for everyone, I guess. And you’re right – who knows? You may help that person and the moment you turn your back, he flings a knife and kills you to rob you of your resources. Ugh. This is what happens when such a situation occurs… you become too paranoid @_@

  19. says

    This is a tricky situation. Reminds me of an american movie titled “The Road” wherein humanity is at the brisk of existence wherein there’s no more water, no more plants and other animals alive. Only humans are left.

    That would be the scariest apocalpyse.

    • FayeFaye says

      Yeah, that would really be scary :( If there are no plants and animals left, then what are we left with? OURSELVES! I don’t even want to think what they will resort to in order to nourish themselves… ;___; It’s a scary and depressing thought.

  20. says

    Wow, really honest question you put up! I’ve never really had many genuine, what do you normal people call it… “friends” (except you awesome inter-webs peoples), so I’ve always been a really stickler for my family, and it’s definitely hard for me to be able to just give food to someone when I need to keep my family alive. I know it sounds bad, but the way that I think of it, is that, if I give the starving guy food, then I’m basically making him suffer. He would most likely scoff down the food, then would throw it all back up, and it would honestly be a waste, because he wouldn’t make himself better, but worse, and the food would be waste when my family could have had it, and gotten nutrients from it.

    Hmmm, but from reading all the other comments, I’m kind of glad that I’m not the only one who would do this. Yet, even thinking about it now, I would feel slack, but it definitely wouldn’t change my opinion. Great honest post! Way to make us all feel bad hahahha I kid, I kid :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Thank you! I like asking questions that may or may not be hard to asnwer. Hahaha. Awww :( That sucks! I’m sorry it had to be that way, but yes, we bloggers stick together like glue and I consider many of you my closest ^_^ Awwww… man, you saying that gives me even more perspective about this. You’re actually right – someone dying/starving wouldn’t be able to eat all of that properly without giving proper treatment and care. Giving them food would only worsen them unless you plan to really take care of them in the long run, which would probably be an even heavier commitment on your part :( THAT’S A DILEMMA INDEED D:

      Hahaha. I swear I did not mean to, but I like all of your answers. It gives me even a broader view of situations like this, and alternatives of what I could also do. Thank you all for your two cents :)

  21. says

    Ummm . . . I’m kind of like you and kind of not. I’m very pragmatic . . . if someone is dying, giving them some of my meager supplies isn’t going to keep them from dying. BUT . . . I’m not sure I could blindly turn my back on a stranger, especially a CHILD who simply needed help. I think I’d rather die than become a person I can’t stand to look at, and I think if I refused to help others in need, that’s exactly what would happen. NICE depressing discussion, Faye, LOL. I think I’ll go hole in a dark corner and think end-of-days thoughts. *snickers*
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    • FayeFaye says

      You’re so nice, Jessica @_@ Seriously you’re probably the only one who has said you wouldn’t stoop so low haha. Tells a lot about us and about you, but I swear I’m not as bad as I make myself to be in this post!!! haha

  22. says

    YOU ARE A DOUCHEBAG!!! Hahaha, kidding :P

    You already know my opinion about this but might as well share it with everyone. It’s so easy to say that if you are faced with the same situation in an apocalypse that you’ll be like other MCs that take the kinder and more heroic route. The thing is, you will never know until you get in that situation. I admire the MCs who does heroic things and would risk their lives to save strangers, but if I’m in the same situation? I don’t know. It depends on what circumstances I’m in. If I have someone that relies on me for survival, I would be more hesitant in being heroic because if something happens to me, that person might not survive. But if I’m alone, I don’t really know if I’ll only think of myself or help others. I really don’t! Right now, I feel guilty that I’m thinking that I won’t but at the same time, I’m comfortable in my bed with a fridge full of food. How will I act if I don’t have that? I really don’t know. I’ll probably never know until I get in that situation. Which I hope that I never will. Cause that would really suck.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Huhuhu, I know, I know! I’m recently thinking this post was perhaps a bit too depressing. I swear, I’m reading everyone’s comments and I feel a wee bit guilty.

      But yes, you are so right. Deep down we all want to be better than what we really are, but in reality, that is better said than done. Especially in a bloody apocalypse situation where there’s only lawlessness and it’s every man for his bloody self. Hahaha. It does make you guilty, doesn’t it? Like why the frack am I even doubting or having second guesses? The answer to this should be easy, that I will help that I will be better than what I’m supposed to be, but you know deep down it’s not that simple.

  23. says

    Agreed, sharing when you have plenty is one thing, but when you’re on the road to starvation yourself, sharing becomes a bad idea. If I passed along someone already on the brink of death, I don’t think I would be willing to share my last food with them. But it would be different if I found someone to join me in scavenging for me. Heh makes me sound awful.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Exactly. If I were a millionare, or a billionaire even, I’d be giving my riches away like crazy. I don’t need the excess. I only need enough for myself to enjoy life, the rest could be used elsewhere. If Bill Gates weren’t as wealthy as he is right now, I doubt he would be giving so many to charities… unless of course he were really, really, REALLY selfless, because in that case, BLOODY RESPECT MY GOOD OLD MAN.

  24. says

    Uhh I actually don’t know what I’d do. I’d like to think I’d be a really selfless person when it comes to that situation but probably not. I’m usually pretty generous in real life but in an apocalypse? Is it possible to split up the bread between us? Hmm yeah I don’t really know. Honestly if an apocalypse really happened, I don’t think I’d want to be alive during then. I’d probably die by use of nightlock berries a la The Hunger Games or something.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yeah, same here. We all want to be the heroic guy or girl but it just isn’t possible in my case. I’m too selfish :( and I don’t take pride in that at all! That’s why I hope this never happens…

  25. says

    I kid you not, I’d would off myself if the world collapsed. I do not have the proper skills nor the proper health to stay afloat if disaster struck. I am not overly smart or athletic, and I have very little in the way of self preservation.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Haha. That’s also a possibility for me. I’m not a skillful person when it comes to, you know, building communities and stuff. There would be no more technology, and I’m more into that. I hardly run fast. I am not adept in the ways of stealth.

  26. says

    Such a great discussion post!! Honestly… I have been in situations like this, in video games! LOLOL! There are some games by TaleTell where you make a lot of decisions. They have a Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us (based off the Fables graphic novels) and next up they are making a Game of Thrones game. The decisions you make in the games determine what happens at the end of the game. I kind of love to make these choices. Then at the end of the game you can see the percentage of people who made the same/different decisions as you made. It’s fun.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Heehee, thanks, Angie :) Video games, omg O_O I can’t even stomach the walking dead game. I resort to just watching people play it on YT, and it’s still creepy and scary and disturbing as hell. Wow, a Game of Thrones decision game? That’s intriguing and fascinating! I kind of want to play that one…

  27. says

    Such a great post, I think that I personally wouldn’t share (but it really depends on his outside appearance–I’m judgmental that way) i.e. How dead is he? Can he help me in possible future situations–Can the favor be returned? Is it a child? Is it a trap?

    Those are kind of the questions to consider and if the MC doesn’t question those types of things (when it doesn’t involve family) I’m going to think they’re dumb or how the hell did they get this far in life? Either that or they’re on the path to death or they’re really fucking lucky.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Thank you, Kat! ^_^ But yes, I guess we do need to take various factors into consideration as well. I most probably wouldn’t be able to resist a hild :(

  28. says

    I do feel that sometimes the MC is a little unrealistic in post apocalyptic novels. Especially when it comes to letting strangers in and sharing with them.

    I would be exactly like you to be honest! I would share and bend over backwards for my friends and family (and I do all of the time) but if it came to a stranger in that kind of world I am afraid that I would not be so kind.

    My grandma is the kind of person who keeps saying that something like this will happen soon! She scares the shite out of me! haha!

    As always, great discussion! I hope you are doing well! :D

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    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, I find it highly unrealistic as well, considering the fact that 9 out of 10 humans would be pretty selfish as hell in this kind of world. It’s very hostile and violent and being too kind may actually bite you in the ass than benefit you. Awww, your grandma scares me, too. Haha. I really hope this doesn’t happen in our lifetime!

  29. says

    I would be surprised if I managed to stay alive to the point of sharing. I would probably be one of the first people to die in a post-apocalyptic world. I have absolutely no survival skills.
    That being said, I’m going to be honest, if I did live and had to share, the answer would probably be no. Maybe if it’s someone I know, I would share, but someone I don’t, probably not. It’s selfish, but I reckon a lot of people would act similarly.
    Very thought-provoking discussion, Faye!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Hahaha, you’re hilarious, Nick! Hopefully I survive beyond the first week. After that I’m not so sure I want to be alive to see the world wreck itself >_<

  30. says

    I usually share when I have something extra, and that’s the honest truth. If it’s the end of the world, my extra would be my survival. So I’d probably be a selfish jerk who would die alone. But then, if it’s my family, I don’t think I can say no, specially if it comes to my parents. How could I let them starve? I’ll just leave the selflessness to other people in the book world. We never really know what our real reactions would be until it happens. I could always change my mind. I could always choose to give up my last loaf of bread to another person. It’s so hard. This is hard!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Same here. I’m glad I don’t have to suffer through this ordeal myself, because I’d be feeling pretty shitty if I have to resort to utter selfishness to survive. So, yay, book characters for taking the bullets for us! Haha. You save us all the philosophical and ethical debates XD

  31. says

    Wow. If it were me in such a situation, I WOULDN’T EVEN CARE. Everyone is on their own, because what’s the point of giving the old man a piece of bread? He’s just going to be hungry the next day. I rather just eat it myself and be happy :/

    But yes, family and friends do come first in an apocalyptic situation, and NO ONE ELSE MATTERS. Not even kiddies because I’m evil.
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    • FayeFaye says

      YOU’RE SO SELFISH VAL YOU SHOULD BE ASHA—-

      Ahem, you’re right. Even I wouldn’t care either. Haha. We all become selfish motherfuckers, and unafraid of that fact either, when faced with this dilemma. It’s sad, but it’s a fascinating study of the human mind in a way.

  32. says

    I’m really not sure what I’d do in an extreme situation like that one, really… I tend to be rather good at being compassionate, but I guess in an extreme situation like that one I might be feeling more justified at being selfish, even if it would also the situation where we should hang more to the humane and caring part of being human, given how many things have been taken from us already…

    Very good question this one, Faye!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, Pili… and you’re one of the most compassionate person I know, one of the most kindest, but even some of the purest of hearts have to bend at some point especially in such a situation. AT least that’s what I think, but I’d love to be proven wrong on this one!

  33. says

    You always ask the most thought-provoking questions, Faye! This is another tough one. I have to admit that I’m pretty selfish in general — if I had a can of soda on a hot day and someone asked to share it with me, I probably would’ve given them a sip and that’s it — so imagine how much of an asshole I’ll be if I’m ever in a post-apocalyptic situation. I doubt I’d share any of my hard-earned food with anyone, except maybe close family and friends. And even then, I might not even do it willingly.

    I think MCs in YA books these days are unrealistic in that they’re always so kind and generous in nature. There’s nothing wrong with kindness, of course, but when I take a look at the human race in general, or at the people I know now, most of them aren’t as self-sacrificing as books paint teenage heroines to be. But as for how I feel when an MC is too kind… it really depends on who they were before their too-kind act, if I’m making sense. Is the overall feel I get from them one of kindness? If so, then I’m totally fine with the character being too generous, since it suits their personality. But if the MC was a bitch before and then suddenly turned into Miss Goody-Two-Shoes, I’d feel really put off and my liking for him/her would decrease quite significantly, because it’s as though the author did that only to make the MC look more like a heroine.

    Was that coherent at all? I swear I turn into a babbling Neanderthal whenever I try to explain things. ><

    All the same, thanks for making me think! I always love your discussion posts because they ask some really good questions. Looking forward to the the next Random Things in Motion! :D
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    • FayeFaye says

      Awww, thanks, Megan. I’ll take that as a compliment! I want to torture my readers… mwahahaha! (ahem)

      Yeah, I’d be the same pretty much. It’s just different, you know? I’d love to help you and share my drink, but I really would rather not because I need this to survive a little bit longer. You earn your own, I earn mine, we capiche? …is what I would /probably/ say. Haha.

      EXACTLY! I find it so unrealistic and annoying as well. Saw this one character in Mike Mullin’s Ash book (about some volcano) who gave away so many of his resources TO SOMEONE WHO TRIED TO KILL HIM FOR IT and I was just shaking my head, appalled. I get it, I really do, but you’re right, 9 out of 10 wouldn’t be so selfless. You really have to convince me that kindness of his is inherent before I call out on the bullshit.

      And yes, you were very coherent. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment :D

  34. says

    To be honest, I sort of roll my eyes when a MC is TOO kind in a post-apocalyptic scenario. I sound a bit like an ass, but it’s the end of the world where people would kill for a scrap of meat, so I feel like they’re too naive, giving away their food and everything. I get it’s about being kind, but they have to be a bit practical. For all we know it could be a poser ready to rob the MC of their hard-earned items. It’s not like I’m saying to be all “me, me, me” but you got to think about yourself. It’s hard to hold someone to being selfish when all of hell is descending on earth. It’s every man for themselves.

    Of course maybe that’s just me and my selfish brain XD. I’d probably feel super guilty about leaving the man, but right now, I need to worry about myself and any friends/family I might have. I might spare like a fifth of the of loaf, but he’s on his own.

    Great post! Really interesting topic.
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