Seven Deadly Sins of The Zombie Apocalypse: Gluttony

Gareth eating Bob. The Walking Dead - AMC
Gareth eating Bob. The Walking Dead - AMC /

We need to eat to survive a zombie apocalypse. But, being consumed with feeding our faces can feed the monster within ourselves.

Food is a necessity in a zombie apocalypse. It just is. Yet, there will be those amongst us who will simply eat as if there will always be more. They will act as if they can just walk down to the supermarket and buy more food, so, why conserve it?

There is a term for this sort of behavior…


When I was little, my mom gave me the best explanation of gluttony possible: “We eat to live. We’re not supposed to live to eat.”

In a zombie apocalypse, gluttony can come in different forms. One is more traditional, involving people eating more than their fair share; When you and your group are on limited food supplies, doing this is both extremely selfish and potentially deadly.

But, I think I’ll focus on the other kind of gluttony, the one that sees people use something that shouldn’t be food, as food.

And, in case you’re curious: Yes, this is going to be a Terminus reference.

Chris Coy as Martin, The Walking Dead — AMC
Chris Coy as Martin, The Walking Dead — AMC /

Terminus serves as a reminder that, in a world where people can’t just go to the store for food, some of us may take drastic steps to get some.

People not in any way skilled at foraging, fishing, farming, or hunting, you can see where they may get the idea that cannibalism is an option.

Of course, there are all sorts of problems with it, not least of which being the fact that it’s utterly monstrous.

Now, I know some ultra-pragmatists might scoff and say “So, what? I need to eat!”

To them, I say: Well, Mr. Ultra-Pragmatist, what do you think anyone else is going to do to you if they so much as suspect what your eating habits are?

Andrew J. West as Gareth, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead -- AMC
Andrew J. West as Gareth, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead — AMC /

Put simply: They will kill you. The moment a person has a reasonable suspicion that another survivor sees them as food, the would-be cannibal’s days are numbered.

Why? Well, if you learned that someone thought killing people for food was okay…would you trust them? In the face of that, on top of the brutal nature of a zombie apocalypse to begin with, people will prove extremely hostile.

And, that’s kind of the point here: Choosing to become a cannibal, when there are other options, will, ultimately, get you killed. It’s not often that one’s diet can guarantee that, but, this is certainly such a case.

Now, if you want to be a cannibal in the zombie apocalypse (I don’t recommend it), you can be. But, when you come to that decision, look at the zombies, and ask yourself: How am I any different?

You can give excuses, but, the reality is, every other survivor will see you as no better (If not even worse) than the zombies, and will deal with you just the same.

“But while they were gorging themselves on the meat the anger of the LORD blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.” — Numbers 11:32-34

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