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Exploring the End of Life as We Know It

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Jeff, Emily and I went to see the latest Steve Carell movie, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Some parts were hard to watch (and I don’t recommend this movie for anyone under 17!) I don’t think anyone could see this movie without asking, “What would I consider important if I had 21 days left to live?”

Interestingly enough, I have recently finished several fictional accounts of what life in the U.S. would be like if (when?) energy resources fail. The main characters draw upon courage and resourcefulness when our cushy American life is turned upside down and food/other essentials are no longer on the shelf.

These are the books I read and one more I want to read next:







In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke










World Made By Hand by James Howard Kunstler









Last Light Restoration Series #1 by Terri Blackstock



I guess you don’t have to read an apocalyptic novel to focus on what is important. The emotion evoked by a character’s struggle simply makes it easier to imagine all the extra trappings of life being stripped away. What you will fight most not to lose, that is your answer to the 21 day question.
Can you hold on fiercely to those and let go of the rest? That is my challenge, too.