Sunday, March 17, 2013
Chapter 10 Transcript
Prf. Victoria Newton:
The most important thing to remember about the first days after the meteors started, the beginning of what we call the End of Days, was the level of utter disbelief that it was actually happening.
Starting in the late 20th and into the 21st centuries, apocalyptic stories were really quite popular. Movies about the comets destroying the earth, books about failed efforts to build a Utopia, stories that just happen after some kind of world ending catastrophe.
Dr. Arthur Bailey:
No. No one was ready to believe this was happening, and that's why we failed for days to formulate any real reaction, that's why millions of people failed to find appropriate shelter. They simply had been conditioned to believe that the end of the world was a punch line, not a headline.
Even when we could see the meteors ourselves, there was still a certain level of disbelief, that the videos were hoaxes, the kind of thing could be faked in a garage with a smoke machine and a good video editor.
Once people started to accept this was really happening they tried, oh they tried to respond. But without any real coordination between survivors every effort was just too late to be of any good.
A cure? Oh we found a cure to the clouds of death, sure. According to the archives from Georgia State, Dr. Spenser had formulated an antifungal counteragent by E-Day +6-- 6 days after the meteors started to fall. The meteor storm ended on E-Day +3.
So were we ready for any of this? No, not at all. Not for the the sudden loss of life, not for the clouds, not for the loss of our government. And we certainly were not ready for what came next.