The Walking Dead
Against the Walking Dead, you may realize we’re not as different as we might think.
While trying to figure out where the Commonwealth’s train was heading and what happened to people given “Designation 2”, Daryl captured a critically wounded trooper who refused to divulge the answers Daryl wanted. However, when Father Gabriel reunited with Daryl and Carol, he realized that this dying trooper was, in fact, a member of his church. This man, whom Daryl and Carol had only just been fighting against, was, like so many in the Commonwealth, just an ordinary man trying to make ends meet, and he found himself increasingly disgusted with what the Commonwealth’s leadership had been asking him to do in the name of preserving their way of life.
Gabriel, realizing he had a connection to this man, explained to him the nature of his group’s quest and, rather than condemn him for his actions, offered him absolution, assuring him that what he did would not be held against him. It was at this moment that the trooper revealed what he knew of his team’s mission, ensuring that, even if he regretted what he’d done for the Commonwealth, his last act would be to help people.
I guess the point here is that, even in (Perhaps especially in) a zombie apocalypse, at the end of the day, we’re all still human. We still have the same struggles and fears, and hopes that we always have, even if they’ve taken on new forms adapted to our situation. As you come across other survivors in the apocalypse, even some hostile ones, don’t be so quick to hate them because you may come to realize that they’re simply just another survivor, doing what they think they need to do to see another day, and may (If you give them a chance, that is) even be willing to help you.
While there will always be the odd person out there who is truly evil, most other survivors in the zombie apocalypse, even the hostile ones, are just people trying to get by. If you do things right, you and those potential hostiles may discover that you have far more that brings you together than you have that tears you apart.
And that’s our Walking Dead Survival Rule Of The Week! Each of us needs to be able to do alone if we have to, but there is strength in numbers. Whether that’s joining with our friends or family, putting aside our differences with enemies to face a common foe, or even finding something in common with complete strangers in a zombie apocalypse, together, we’re stronger. If you want to be a stronger survivor, why not pick up a copy of my book, The Rules: A Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse! You can also get it at Amazon here, and on iTunes here!