When lawlessness is the rule of the day in a catastrophic zombie plague, when people are being killed for the clothes on their backs, do you join the desperate masses and become a deviant yourself? Do you become the danger that your former friends and neighbors fear?
For a possible answer, we look to the words of 19th Century Hungarian philosopher Gregor Magyar:
“War brings out the worst in man, by its very nature. One must fight to keep the good within, or else lose the ultimate battle, even in victory.”
Times of great struggle and hardship often produce acts of unspeakable violence and selfishness, but also acts of heroism, compassion and human decency. In a dead world, the simple choice between kindness and cruelty may be the only thing that separates us from the zombies; the only difference between the survival of the human race and total annihilation.
Sure, there will be tough choices. With dwindling resources and constant safety concerns, helping any stranger who crosses your path is an impossibility. But needlessly sentencing another person to death in the name of protecting yourself and your loved ones is a different story altogether.
In the end, Magyar’s insights may prove as prophetic in the coming zombie pandemic as they were during the horrors of the last two world wars. Because in a fight between humans and zombies, either you’re on one side or you’re on the other.