One of the biggest questions I have about the apocalypse is “How is it going to happen? What kind of apocalypse is it going to be?”
I have narrowed the types of apocalypses down to 6 general categories. I will list them in order of what I believe to be their likelihood of occurring.
- Natural Disaster
- Alien Invasion
A Natural Disaster is the most likely type of apocalypse to me because I view humans as this era’s dinosaurs. Human beings have evolved into a species that has no natural predators and has all but eliminated natural selection. We multiply unchecked, we hog all the Earth’s resources and we no longer work within the ecosystem; instead we are trying to force the ecosystem to work for us. No single species is ever meant to be as dominant as we currently are. We have thrown the balance of the universe way off course. Nature/The Universe/The Cosmos/Whatever will eliminate the threat and do what needs to be done to get things back on their proper path. Therefore, I choose Natural Disaster as the most likely type of apocalypse. Wipe us out and start over. Let new species evolve.
Plague and Disease is similar to Natural Disaster. It would still be the universe cleansing its system but in a less spectacular way. This would be a slower, less pyrotechnic approach. Definitely not as merciful to us humans. One big blow from space would be kinder but probably not as selective as Disease, where the weakest could be targeted. The weakest humans, however, are not always the problem so in the long run, this would not be as effective a way to eliminate the threat to Earth as Natural Disaster.
A Manmade apocalypse would be most people’s choice, I think, for how the world is going to end. Most people probably believe we are going to nuke ourselves out of existence. I don’t agree with this because the point of the apocalypse is to eliminate the threat (humans) to Earth. Nuclear destruction would be damaging to the Earth and, although we would do a lot of damage to a lot of select areas, I don’t believe we would be able to bomb the majority of the world at once and wipe out enough people to make a difference. I do think, however, that war/nuclear destruction/etc may be the final straw that breaks the universe’s back. A Manmade disaster could certainly start the ball rolling.
Zombie apocalypse. In some ways this could fit under the Plague and Disease category of apocalypse but since the aim is to kill humans, not revive them, I find this one to be less likely. It is a fun one to think about, though. I love zombies and enjoy discussing strategy, movies, weapons and anything else zombie-ish, so I definitely wanted to include this one. And it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
An Alien Invasion is less likely for me than a Zombie apocalypse because I’m convinced a superior race will be a compassionate race. They won’t come to destroy. They might pack us up in dog crates and find a more appropriate place for us where we can do less harm but I don’t see them battling us for our resources or turning us into slaves. Relocation is about as apocalyptic as it would get. I love science fiction, though, so I am including it. Zombies and aliens are just plain fun to speculate about.
Supernatural destruction is being included but probably won’t be discussed much unless I’m quoting Buffy, Angel or some other Joss Whedon show. I don’t believe in the existence of demons or gods therefore I don’t believe in the possibility of a Supernatural apocalypse.
There you have it. The core of my apocalyptic philosophy. In any of them, the chance for survival exists. I’m just hoping the odds are really low for most of us. As long as all of my loved ones die with me, I don’t even care if I’m one of the non-survivors. I just don’t want to be fighting zombies without someone I love beside me. And I can’t stand the thought of my daughter being left behind to fend for herself. If some humans do survive, they are going to be a pretty special group. I’m convinced of that. What would be the point of wiping out the majority only to leave the carriers of pestilence behind to start over again?