Our cultural obsession with "the apocalypse" (zombies, nukes, Rapture, etc.) allows us to conceptualize the end of days as a single event or outbreak, rather than a gradual process resulting from overuse of resources and the destruction of our environment. "The apocalypse" absolves us of our responsibility to fix shit now, because what can one person do to stop something that large? Media produces so many post-apocalyptic survival movies/shows/games/books because we feel like the world falling apart is inevitable. It's a lot easier to overcome "the apocalypse" by shooting a zombie in the head than by trying to take down capitalism and its vast overconsumption of resources.