Famed early 20th Century author Franz Kafka is known for creating absurdly nightmarish worlds in which everything seems to be in balance at first, but then the awful truth is revealed with disastrous results. Kafka once observed:
“Hiding places are innumerable. Escape is only one. But possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.”
To us it seems Kafka couldn’t be more on the money when it comes to zombie survival. His quote calls to mind two critical questions likely to crop up when the dead rise to eat the living.
- Has an initial zombie shelter been chosen that allows for multiple fast exit strategies?
- Faced with a whole range of potentially workable escape plans, has the most viable course of action been chosen?
According to Hollywood, hiding out in a shopping mall seems like a pretty good idea.
There is food, water, and protection from the zombies outside (all debatable, but I will allow these assumptions for the sake of argument). But what about twelve weeks down the road, twelve months, or even twelve years? The coming zombie plague may not last a cinematic ninety minutes, and by the time the hiding spot has worn out its use, you could be surrounded by a much greater threat than was there when you first arrived.
There may seem to be an inherent flaw in giving up long-term safety (escape) for short-term comfort (hiding). But imagine how upset you’d be if you allowed yourself to linger in relative safety while thousands of zombies slowly collected outside your door, waiting for the eventual day where you had to open up–because that day always comes.
Simply put, two of the greatest powers of the zombie are in its number and its patience. The best survival plans must focus on counteracting both of these elements.
Remember what Kafka said. You can hide pretty much anywhere, but you might only have one true shot at escape.