Most people think the apocalypse would bring violence, crime, and selfishness. But according to scientists, that's just not realistic.

SeekerPublished: July 11, 2018
Published: July 11, 2018

If the apocalypse hits, what would really happen? Would we help each other out and become our best selves, or fall into horribleness and lash out?  I mean, sure there's Lord of the Flies, Walking Dead, and other apocalyptic horror stories. But they're just that! Horror stories!

In reality, tragedy and disaster brings out more kindness than cruelty. One study said "most people respond positively and generously." For example, in a 1986 study of a theater fire they found, 44 percent of people didn't even think the fire was real.  In fact, even if they saw smoke most people took their time escaping the theater, and would gather into groups to escape -- it wasn't every human for humanself. On top of that, many went back into the building!

Studies find cooperation is inherent to humans, and cooperation breeds benevolence -- the idea that both the giver and receiver see a benefit. What you think will happen in horrible situations is running and screaming, but what actually happens isn't literal fight-or-flight, but rather, according to studies, a seeking of familiar persons or places.

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