"To night we've got a special guest. Back from a long sabbatical, we have KC explorer and philosopher of the wastes, KC"
"Been a while since you've heard from me, hasn't it? Well, what can I say? There is a notable lack of two way communication, and a long distance between points, made even longer by the fact that the short cuts are usually crawling with things you want to avoid. Ahh, but the things I have seen - new civilizations forming, the evil get karmic comeuppance, I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tannhäuser Gate...
"Really? Would that have been anywhere near the shoulder of Orion?"
"Finally! Someone gets it! I tell you, its like they don't teach classic film appreciation anymore? To all those listening to this, find what's left of the SPHERE and look for some movies. I mean it, I'm serious. Look - you have to enjoy yourself, and you might as well do it by preserving the worthwhile of history. Relax man, its a zombie apocalypse - not the end of the world.
"That would be a pretty bold statement. Care to back it up?"
"You disagree Mr. Hobbes? I would have thought that was pounded into everyone by now. The sun isn't blowing up any faster than usual, the sky isn't afire, no dinosaur killer asteroids have been spotted, and only a couple of nuclear weapons were used. If a wolf started eating the sun and the giants rose up to kill the gods, then taking what you can and as much of it as possible might be OK.
"Pretty confident there will be a rebuilding then."
"Its already happened, and accelerating. You yourself have the time to maintain a radio station, city states have established themselves so well they're beginning to argue about boundaries. We've met actual aliens, answering some pretty major questions about the universe, and proving faster than light travel is possible - somehow. Humanity is going to see the stars, this is just a minor setback like the black plague, the Spanish flu, or the death of Jimmi Hendrix."
"So we keep making pop culture references and maintain a zen attitude, and this too shall pass?"
"Well, if you want me to be doom and gloom, I can be. But I've gotten along in the zone with a live and let live attitude fairly easily. Know your reanimate types, slow, smart, strong, ambush predator, super-soldier, and walking tank. Don't shoot if you don't have to, and keep a low profile. Remain unattached to goods and mobile, yet connected to people and prepared to stay around and help them. Always take time to enjoy life, keep your powder dry, and don't trust a bartender that makes Shirley Temples with vodka."