When the most recent virus (Covid-19) hit pandemic status, many people sprang into action. They headed off to buy all the toilet tissue they could find on the shelves. Cases of this product were taken home and put on a shelf in the basement or garage. A case or two of toilet tissue lasts a long time.
What could have driven this act? Was it concern that the outbreak would last for years? If it were to last even a few months, it is logical to expect that we would run out of other more critical items much sooner. For example, most food would be gone from the stores and the need for toilet tissue would diminish.
Even in the best of times, many are driven by a “Me First” mentality; real need is replaced by real greed. Greed becomes viral and makes the plea that we “get through this together” ring hollow.
Thankfully, not everyone responded in a greedy manner and they are the people who will lead us through this outbreak.