13 Post-Apocalyptic Stories That Actually Teach Valuable LessonsAmanda Yesilbas, Katharine Trendacosta, and Annalee Newitz5/24/13 1:32pmFiled to: superlistpost-apocalypseapocalypsebooksmovies26911EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA lot of post-apocalyptic tales look really awesome with their explosions and rotting monsters, but they don't have a lot of philosophical depth. Here are 13 stories about armageddon that actually teach valuable lessons about the real world — and its demise.AdvertisementWhat's interesting about some of these stories is that they are about anticipating a post-apocalyptic world, or moving through many stages of apocalypse — perhaps it's the long view in them that allows their creators to pull lessons out of an apocalyptic scenario.1. Dollhouse, "Epitaph"There is something very valuable about the idea of “birthmarks” found in the two-part series ender “Epitaph.” Birthmarks are a tattoo of a person’s real name, on his or her back, so that people can distinguish between people still in their own bodies and people who have been imprinted. Priya, who had been the doll Sierra, came up with the idea: “So I’ll always know who I am. If I wake up thinking I’m someone else, I’ll have to face up to that hideous lie.” There are two great lessons in the birthmark: no matter what, know who you are; and make sure other people know it, too.