March 10, 2009 at 8:46 am
They sometimes made us play a game in school. (Although school is the real game.) The teacher would hand out a flyer describing the problem which was this: 12 people with 12 different occupations are stranded on a desert island that can only support 6 people. Who gets to stay on the island? Of course, they never explained how we were going to get rid of the other 6 people. Drowning? An “accidental” blow to the head in the coconut grove?
The survivors occupations were something like this: doctor, lawyer, small electronics repair man, plumber, realtor, etc. etc. Which got me thinking – if I were placed in the scenario, I’d better learn how to swim. “But I know CSS!” is not a winning argument against the person who knows how to suture.
Sometimes I wonder how I would fare if the world sunk into a post-apocalyptic nightmare. You know, if the economy totally collapses and I had to fight off neighbors who wanted to eat my cats. That sort of thing. I don’t think I’d do well. I’ve been trained how to survive in a civilized world, how to budget my income and use a coffee maker and properly format a business letter. But these skills are rather useless if all the rules are thrown out the window and I were to face people bigger and badder than me who had guns.
Which is why I hope civilization does not collapse. I would be so screwed. No one ever saves the web designer.