I’ve been thinking about this thought I had here:
Why do we keep making zombie/apocalyptic stories that envision the opposite, that people will inevitably be cruel, unable to cooperate and will victimize each other?
Do people have media examples that don’t do this?
Meg Elison’s Book of the Unnamed Midwife does this, sort of, I think: after a kind of apocalypse (a plague), the resulting social conditions open up new social arrangements, but AFAIK the world beyond those points of light is brutal.
Avery Alder’s Dream Askew and The Quiet Year also let you envision cooperative communities in the post-apocalypse…