The Lethality of Blissful Ignorance An analysis of World War Z and its’ allegorical purpose

World War I and World War II are arguably two of the most devastating events in modern history, particularly in regard to the total death toll. Historically and contemporarily ubiquitous in film and literature; these wars will likely be remembered until the end of humanity.

Yet, in these discussions concerning which events carry the largest amount of human victims, there are two certain events that often go overlooked, which is rather odd in light of the fact that each of them possibly took more lives than World War I and II combined, with an estimated 50-100 million and 75-200 million total casualties respectively (DeBenedette, 2018).

Perhaps their omission ought to be expected, however, due to the fact that the comparably similar causes of these events are so infinitely small that the naked eye could see nothing but their lethal effects.

The events in question are, much to some people's enlightenment, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic as well as the infamous black plague.

Nevertheless, many might argue that today's medicine has advanced far enough to be able to handle such a predicament and that humanity, therefore, should not have anything to worry about in the event of such an epidemic.

Contradictory to this belief, however, a computer simulation, created and ran, by the Institute for Disease Modeling has shown that a present-day epidemic, more or less identical to that of the Spanish flu, would reach most urban centers in the world within days due to the efficiency of modern transport; potentially resulting in tens of millions of deaths in a matter of months (Gates, 2015).

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