It seems to be a given in post apocalyptic and zombie apocalypse fiction that when the world ends, the survivors will quickly turn to pleasure killing and rape gangs(except for our protagonists of course, they will be the last bastion of morality).
Do you think that would really happen? That isn’t to say that murders and rapes won’t happen at all, of course they will they happen now with a functioning society and criminal justice system. But I don’t think the first thing people will get up to is settling scores with any surviving enemies or random thrill killing or raping.
I guess I’m on the side of people are basically self interested but not sadistic sociopaths.
(It really isn’t a spoiler for the plot but The Road features a group of women kept and raped and then when they get pregnant and give birth the babies are eaten, just for one example).
This is not a hypothetical question. For starters, go look at Africa.
Africa is also a good example to show that the rapes will probably not be “thrill rapes” but will actually be a part of settling scores with your old enemies. See also Bosnia.
There are two things I’d look at in this context. First off, it doesn’t take very many people to rape and terrorize a population if there’s no organized resistance to them. Second, while there may be a small number of “natural-born rapists” there are a large number of people who will participate when they’re pressured to do so (pressure being overt threats or just the desire to fit in with the others).
Apes don’t have imprisonment, but they definitely have punishments for social misbehavior. To begin with the Boss Ape will shove you around. If you persist, then the whole family of apes will shove you around. It doesn’t take much of that to convince an ordinary ape to shape up already.
It also doesn’t take many people to organize a resistance to a couple of A-holes.
I think people will naturally organize together for mutual protection and general company. They’ll shortly figure out who the leaders are and probably settle on some formal and informal rules as well. It may not be as civilized as what we have now, but I don’t think it would be every man for himself.
I think the people who are by nature good will not do evil. The people who are by nature evil or just act good during civilized times would commit crimes. Whether one believes the majority of people are good or evil is from Adam Smith. Imho, I think most people believe most people are evil. I think most people are good, therefore there will be many criminals but many more good people to stop them.
Raping isn’t always about settling scores or “thrills”, sometimes it’s a matter of controlling resources, specifically, young/fertile females. After all, sexual slavery and child brides occur even in these so-called civilized times. When all restraints are off there will be a certain number of men who will “capture” women for the use of those men without regard to what the women want.
No, I don’t condone this in any way, shape, or form.
I saw a Steve Carell movie a while back called, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” The scenario is that an asteroid impact is expected in three weeks and it will mean the deaths of all humans. When I was watching the movie, it occurred to me that random violence like rape and murder would be common. (If everyone’s going to be dead in three weeks, there are no consequences.)