The other night, while waiting for the internet service to be activated at my weekday crash pad, I decided to pick up the copy of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” that a.real.girl sent home with me from our December visit. If you haven’t read it, you should. It was so enthralling that I nearly finished it in one sitting, begrudgingly putting it down about 50 pages short of the end on account of the time approaching midnight on a work night. (I finished it the next day.) It’s a simple story of survival in a post nuclear holocaust world, and it made me think about some things in a new way. Most prominently the following question:
In times when the survival of the human race is at stake, do you think people should try to maintain the same ethics as we do when we are thriving? Put another way, would it be better for humans to die off entirely rather than resorting to practices normally considered barbaric, such as raiding and cannibalism?