Nothing is more representative of how silly we find ourselves than what some would call the real crisis right now, the toilet paper shortage. Why anyone would buy a truckload of toilet paper and empty the stock of the product from a major box store would seem crazy were it not for greed. No, such an action has taken place repeatedly in differing locales by entrepreneur wannabes who take a pile of cash and purchase the truckload so they can offer it as an entrepreneur through sites like E-Bay and Amazon at a huge mark up as an independent provider. Now some might call that pure capitalism, but I would have to call it misguided capitalism at best since many, particularly the elderly and the infirm suffer the most. Times of crisis are times when the nation needs to come together, not try to make a fortune from others who are hurting and afraid. Thankfully, most of the big stores are now placing a limit on purchases and won't allow such marketing on their sites anymore. Sadly, it should have never even have come to that.
In addition to the issue of greed in a time of serious consequence, we also find those who never think of anyone but themselves showing their ugly face at a time like this. In our local area, an older gentleman of 76, only venturing out for groceries or prescription refills as needed, witnessed it as it impacted him. The man is frugal and what he considers as his main vice in life is his love for ice cream, particularly Haagen-Dazs. As he walked up to the freezer chest to pick up one of the last four gallon containers in stock on his very infrequent shopping trip, a woman much younger stepped in front of him and swooped up all four gallons and put them in her cart. When he asked her if she couldn't give up one of her containers to an old and partially disabled man, she just said "tough" and walked away. I'm sure such actions are routine right now, in fact, they have been for some time as our society becomes coarser and and more self-centered with less reliance on God and more on the frailty that is man. We all need to face up to that condition.
And that brings me to my last item in the title above, twerking on the beach. Right now is prime time in South Florida, Daytona, Panama City, Padre Island and West Coast beach communities as well for Spring Break. Groups of college kids gathering close together with some showing off their twerking talents in skimpy attire with heavy drinking going is not going to be conducive to common sense and good judgement. When darling Suzy and Good Boy Joe return from the party and visit both Mom and Dad and maybe the grandparents, what might they be carrying with them that they never dreamed of? Could it be the Covid-19 virus and all that might contain? What will that do to their older parents and their aging grandparents, the group most likely at risk? Something to think about for sure. And yet there will be more, for in a time when we no longer hold people accountable for their own actions, imagine the law suits that might be coming? Poor little Suzy had no idea that she could get sick? Are the officials in South Florida, Daytona, Panama City or Padre Island or wherever responsible or is she? And what about that hospital bed that she might need as well as the one for her unsuspecting parents or grandparents? After all, Suzy is young and because of her age she is likely to get priority over the victims, her own older flesh and blood and others more likely to get the virus. A little common sense and responsibility could have easily stopped what might happen, don't you think?
So Spring 2020, a time when we wish we could think about the promise and beauty that the new growth of the season, unfolds. Unfortunately, many of us instead will be staying home from work, hunkering down on tight and worrisome budgets based on the uncertainty of the future. And remember, none of this had to be had we been more careful and cautious about who we as a nation trusted as a business partner, for this problem originated in China and had China done the right thing before it really got going full speed ahead, we and the rest of the world might have avoided the entire thing. I only hope that American business and government stops, thinks about what has happened, and vows to remedy the way we do business and with whom. China is not our friend, and the way they have operated in secrecy about this matter and the way they show us how they behave should bring us great pause. If it does, it will be the one bright moment in this truly sad event, one which should never have happened in the first place.