To The Panic Buyers

You’re not wrong, but…

Stores throughout the world are hitting stocking problems as people are buying out food and other necessities. The people telling them not to buy stuff are the same people that didn’t believe the virus would reach pandemic status. So, who’s right?

Panic buying is done by those who didn’t believe that virus would impact things the way it has and then get hit in the face with reality, so, all the “you don’t need to panic buy” people are future panic buyers, or future people starving. Who in their right mind would take such a chance?

Panic is bad, but overreacting can be good. It’s not paranoia if they’re actually out to get you.

Best case scenario: You have food you’d eat anyway.

Worst case scenario: You starve to death

Can’t go wrong, it’s like putting on a seat belt. Very little effort for huge results in the worst-case scenario.

But shops won’t close!

All the experts state that shops won’t close and food will keep coming. But an entire board of experts at the WHO also said this was nothing to worry about.

The countries/places producing the food will also have issues continuing to produce if the supply chains for things like fertilizer, packaging, animal feed, and other stuff-we-take-for-granted break down.

Even something as simple as none of their employees being able to go to work will impact production.

And you can be sure the producers will keep all the food they can for themselves. As usual, people in cities will be in a worse position.

Society, the government, and WHO don’t give a shit about you as an individual. They know a few eggs will break to make the omelette.

Whether or not you’re one of the broken eggs is up to you and your individual choices.

Don’t count on anyone but yourself and the action you can take. (This applies to everything, by the way.)

We are, always have been, and always will be, human.

We’re unpredictable creatures that act upon our best interests to ensure our survival. That’s the basic instinct that has kept us alive.

As much as some of us would like to think, we haven’t evolved into selfless creatures —we’re the same we were 50,000 years ago. To think otherwise shows a severe lack of understanding of human nature and reality.

This is especially true if we have no feelings of community. Our “global” society just increases the space between individuals and it makes us less cooperative, especially in harder times. Less diverse and more tight-knit communities act differently(like Russia seemingly did), but we’re all alienated from each other.

Maybe this is a good reminder to go back to smaller local communities with strong shared values and care less about a faceless global collective that greatly exceeds Dunbar’s number.

It’s also a reminder that the government and its institutions have no clue what they’re doing, as usual, but that’s for another article.

To the people who bought out entire stores: I salute you, but if shit really hits the fan, share with those in need.

By stepping in when those who should have didn’t, you’ll be making a serious difference and perhaps your “paranoia” will be seen differently when it’s the difference between someone eating their old leather shoes or eating some canned fish with rice.

I understand that this can be risky for you, but if you can do it safely, do it.

Strong opinions, loosely held.

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