Toilet roll. A symptom of a Pandemic, the selfishness of humanity.

Updated: Mar 5

I find it interesting how in a post millennial society, where one is encouraged to be an individual, a large number of people still adhere to pack mentality. We see examples of this every day, when one person begins crossing a road, several others follow. One person sees a bargain in a shop and soon word of mouth gets around. One person dies from toilet roll starvation and soon the nation is in fear for its life.


In all seriousness, why do we panic buy? Why is it those with money, and poses the most starve, and restrict the most needy. The elderly person who lives on a pension, having saved the nation from occupation, now can't eat because the neighbours have gone in their cars and bought all the bread, flour, pasta etc., before the pensioner has managed to catch the bus, to that same shop.


People talk about "war time conditions", but if you ask those who lived in such times, they will tell you a different story. One of neighbours looking out for one another, lending that cup of sugar, the single person that's invited in for Sunday lunch, the women who would sew and mend their neighbours clothes, the men who would place out the rubbish bags for the sick neighbours.


So, do we live in war times, or are we more selfish, self isolated, or insular looking? Do we see the bigger picture, to we look outside of our bubble, do we see. Some religions, or faiths talk about loving our neighbours, is there still truth in that? We will see...


When lockdown ends, and we head back to normality, will normality resume? I hope and pray that the old normality does not resume. My fear for society is that it goes "back to normal", back to the individualistic self concerned mindset, rather than the open community considering the needs of others in our locality, will we still see neighbours bring shopping to the homes of the vulnerable. Here's hoping.


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