Compassion Defined: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Go ahead and laugh, you know you want to – after all, it would appear that logic and reasoning would tell us that compassion would be the one thing that would, without fail, lead to our demise during a zombie outbreak. And yet, I say that’s not the case. So, if you’ll bear with me, I’d like to point out 5 ways compassion could help you survive a zombie outbreak.
1) Protect a Friend- While it could be done, traveling alone during a Zombie Outbreak is not reccomended. You’re going to need a group, preferably a diverse group with lots of skills. But what’s most important, is that you need a group of people that, if need be, would come to your rescue. Further, you need to be willing to rescue members of your group. Just remember, rescue comes in all forms from fighting off attacking zombies to simply sharing a smile. And please, learn to recognize when it’s time to call for reinforcements – not all battles can be won alone.
2) Stock the Food Bank – Just where, exactly, do you think you’re going to find food during a zombie outbreak? Grocery stores will be quickly ravaged and home sources will spoil or be used at an uncanny rate. Ignore that twinkie factory – don’t you know, they actually do expire. My suggestion, scout out your local food bank. Better yet, scout out several. Your city may run a food bank, but so do lots of churches. Get to know where these sources are, and, better still, start contributing to them now to ensure they are well stocked with all of your favorite foods when the time comes.
3) Help out at a Suitable Shelter – Just like with food, you’re going to need adequate shelter during a zombie attack – preferably a strong building with few windows and fortress like appeal. Where can you find such a building? Ummm, Hello, What did the churches with the food banks look like? Duh! Perfect shelter! While several church have large windows, many are almost castle-like in their construction. Better still, find a church in tornado alley – those suckers are built to withstand anything! When you start contributing to the food banks, why not scout out the church that is the best candidate for suitable shelter and get to know the people there. If you go about it the right way, you might be able to get your small group, food, and shelter all at the same place! AND, if you get active in said church by, I don’t know, teaching a children’s class or leading the singing, they might even give you a key to the building! Perfect!! You wouldn’t even need to break into the shelter, you could just walk-in and lock the door behind you!
4) Donate Time or Supplies to a Local Medical Facility – Like it or not, there will come a point in the zombie outbreak that you will need medical attention. Stay away from large hospitals – they’re like magnets for zombies: lots of people who cannot run away. Yea, not where I’d want to go for help during an outbreak. Instead, like the food banks, start scouting out your local health clinic. These are often in less affluent parts of town, and, while not as fancy, should have all the supplies you’ll need. You did include a medically trained person in your small group, right? If not, many community clinics utilize volunteer help – give some of your time now and volunteer. They’ll teach you tons of basic medical training that will be invaluable during an outbreak. You should also check in on your identified clinic on a regular basis – make sure they have all the supplies you’re going to need, and donate to them when you can. That way, you’ll be certain to have a good supply of medical necessities on hand during a zombie outbreak.
5) Care for Humanity – Above all, never lose your humanity. As Chris Abani puts it, “There is no way for us to be human without other people.” This sort of goes back to the small group thing, we cannot survive alone. Therefore, you must invest in humanity while you can. Show kindness to strangers, be nice, help out your neighbor and all that business. You never know when you might need to rely on that person to be your lookout while you go to the bathroom (one of the most vulnerable places you’ll have to go during a zombie outbreak) And, who knows, maybe Mr. Godfrey will remember that time you helped him rake his yard and be kind enough to return the favor and offer you security in his air raid shelter, or let you share his leftover food from that Y2K scare a few years back. Like I said, never underestimate humanity.
Well, as you can see, these 5 acts of compassion could very well save your life during a zombie outbreak. So, what are you waiting for? Get going! Do what you can to prepare now, for you never know when the day will come!
Comments regarding additional ways compassion can save you during a zombie outbreak are more than welcome. As for me, I’m off to stock that food bank with lots of sour gummy worms and cheesy rits crackers!
*zombie drawing courtesy of dzingeek‘s flickr.