Station Eleven is about a traveling troupe of Shakespearean actors and classical musicians. They call themselves the Traveling Symphony. Their world has been devastated by a flu-like pandemic, and civilization has all but collapsed. Navigating a post-apocalyptic world with small settlements of people scattered across the barren landscape, they find instruments and supplies in abandoned houses.
Most people today would wonder why, of all the things, these survivors try to keep alive the traditions of Shakespeare and Beethoven. Isn’t there something more important to do? Shouldn’t they be trying to rebuild the internet? The electrical grid? Something practical? Maybe so, infrastructure is certainly important. But the idea driving these fictional characters is that there is more to life than just surviving.