Suppose that there was word being spread by news and government sources that a new illness was spreading and that it would be wise to stock up on necessities. what would be your first response? “Honey, get to the store! Load up on toilet paper!”
No. Way back at the beginning of this hoax I had a doctor’s appointment, and during it someone there confided in me that “We don’t understand the toilet paper thing.” We laughed. A more rational response would be to stock up on real necessities, and that sort of behavior followed. We were not hoarding, but days later sought to get some ground beef at Whole Foods, and were told that there was none to be had in the city of Denver. Now that made sense.
What was with the toilet paper shortage? I don’t know, of course, and can only speculate. The agents behind this hoax wanted a run on necessities, and to initiate it had to do something high profile that everyone could see. A long aisle in a grocery store of empty shelves would be ideal, highly visible, and stimulate the urge to stock up. Packages of toilet paper take up much space, and so emptying shelves of them was easy and easily noticed by everyone.
As a high school kid I worked in a grocery store, and noticed that when the weather changed for the worse, we would be slammed. Fear of not having enough food is a basic instinct that manifests even now, and is part of herd behavior even in times of plenty. There is great comfort in having enough food on hand.
As with every other behavior in this fake crisis, somehow powers above made it happen. Were stores ordered to remove TP from the shelves? No … that would involve lowly clerks who would talk. More likely agents were sent out to load up, and warehouses, not family homes, stored the product. It does not take much to stimulate a run on any product, and word spreads fast.
What is behind it? It is similar to the orders to wear masks … it is contempt for humans. It made us look ridiculous. They hate us, think we are stupid and love to do things that reinforce this notion. As I look around me now, zombie apocalypse of diapered faces, damned if I don’t share the attitude. I was alive in the 60s and 70s, and remember protests and riots, college campus teach-ins, what in retrospect seems like a real awakening. It was quashed by the Tate massacre, and of course, agents provocateur were all about, but I wonder … was that an effort to expose people of independent mind and crush their spirits?
If so, it worked.
Back in March we were on a three-day ski trip and returned home to madness. There were no masks yet, of course, but at our nearby supermarket, people were lined at the cash registers with heavily loaded carts. Hoarding had begun. A little bit of fear goes a long way.
People are so remarkably manipulable and suggestible. I just read the book The Politics of Obedience by or Étienne de La Boétie, hurriedly published this year and rife with typos. He wondered, in the sixteenth century, why people so easily submit to tyranny. There are some apparent reasons, such as ease of going along and fear of reprisal, but I think there is also an aspect of our species that treasures belonging to a herd. The sense of being alone without fear of isolation, having the moral courage to resist, these may be noble traits, but they are not fun traits. I do not wear a mask when out and about, or if I must wear one that says “This Mask is Useless,” and remove it as soon as inside. It would be so much easier just to go along with the insanity. I do not want to stand out or call attention to myself.
But in the end, I must do as I do. I don’t need to explain this to readers here, however.