Before you continue reading, be aware that the title of this post does not refer to the actual health issue at hand, but the unintended consequences of acting from a place of fear.
We often hand over our personal power in our daily lives by reacting to outside events, people and information. The reaction is usually triggered by a feeling of discomfort that we wish to avoid at all costs. Sometimes, we feel the anxiety of the group, believe it to be our own fear and then act in a similar manner, as those we observe around us.
Phrases like "the sky is falling" and "the emperor has no clothes" do come to mind when reviewing the mass hysteria behind the disappearance of every toilet paper roll on store shelves worldwide. What possible consequence could this have on our planet? First, every tree, which supplies some of our much needed oxygen, is now at risk of becoming the aforementioned product in order to refill the orders. Second, the psychological consequence of hoarding toilet paper rolls or reselling them on Ebay at four times the price sets in motion a continued domino effect hugely out of proportion to the actual danger at hand.
Question: "Who does this benefit and what are we giving up in exchange for the illusion of being saved"?
Answer: Personal Freedom.
Remember, we are already not allowed to smile in government identification photos, a very dehumanizing consequence. Now, we are being legislated to and prohibited from kissing, holding hands, hugging, meeting and visiting each other. A friend of mine just received a letter from his landlord declaring that physical paper cheques will not be accepted for rent payment as a health precaution. Hmmmm.....what I perceive is the final plan to force us to use only electronic financial transactions, which can be controlled by third parties.
Overly dramatic? Not really when you factor in no professional sports, no travel, no festivals, no school, no public concerts and no Disney World to start within one 24 hour period. When the dust settles, after we have done our best to stop the spread of this virus, will the full consequence of our fearful reaction of panic buying be clear to us?
What individual virtual prison are we inadvertently creating with all the rolls of toilet paper?