We all see this crazy phenomenon from time to time and all sane-minded level-headed folk justifiably nod their heads and say, "What the?"
I'm talking about panic buying here and, in particular, relating to the Coronavirus scare.
The media are having a field day reporting on crazed people buying up all supplies of toilet paper. There are even videos showing delirious shoppers fighting over the last rolls on supermarket shelves. And why?
Ask these panic buyers and they suddenly behave like stunned mullets in their replies....."Errrr, like, I dunno really" or "Derrr, well everybody else is doing it so that's why I'm buying all this dunny paper, so um yeah".
The "more informed" panic buyers explain that they have heard that if they catch the Coronavirus, they will be quarantined in their own homes and don't want to run out of essential items...."And, and, oh gee, if I don't buy now all the stores will be completely bought out".
Of course, the quarantine bit was nothing more than a Chinese whisper that went viral (neat double-word pun eh?) and in any case, how stupid to think that such a tactic would work or even be implemented by the authorities. No sirree there's no mucking around, they simply whack you into the nearest hospital isolation ward or, for a lucky few, you get to go on an extended cruise. And of course, you will have plenty of paper to wipe your.......err nose.
So, what's all this got to do with religion I hear you cry in your relentless search for the truth? For one thing, my JW father-in-law is running around like a chook with a severed head declaring that this is it. The end of the world is nigh. He reckons he won't need any toilet paper where he's going so he won't be buying up supplies. Nevertheless, he's bleeding stupid though.
What I'm getting at is that not "everybody" is panic buying. It's only a few deluded, naive, gullible, excitedly impressionable people who tend to get sucked in by sensationalism.
Doesn't that sound a heck of a lot like how people gravitate towards religion?
And what I would like to know, are they folders or scrunchers?