Oh man. There is a lot of panic in the world right now. Especially regarding COVID-19. Unfortunately paranoia is causing folks to be a tad bit irrational.
On Saturday morning in my hometown of Langley, a video was taken of people rushing into a Costco to buy toilet paper of all things. The media has been reporting of the scarcity of the butt tissues for some time now. As if a lack of shit tickets is the cause of the virus outbreak. But people love to spread misinformation on social media causing panic thus creating a real shortage now. It’s a strange catch-22 that we entered over the past couple weeks.
Yes the virus is real and over 100,000 people in the world have been diagnosed with it. There are 5 million people living in British Columbia- 32 of which have the virus; and 4 of those have overcome it already. Less than 0.0000064 of BC’s population has the virus.
I’m not going to compare these numbers to cancer or the flu. I’m just trying to figure out why toilet paper and racism is taking hold of our society. And I’m at a true loss to explain it.
But if the world runs out of toilet paper, maybe it’s time for purchasing that bidet I’ve been wanting for a couple of years now. Washing my bum was a pleasant experience while traveling in Tokyo.
We have three teenagers in our home. They are witty, intelligent and caring of others. They are also moody, self absorbed and lazy. Not knowing which attribute we will see around the house is a fun game. A game I am not always prepared to play.
The worst part of this game is as a parent, I’ll ask a question of them. A question that I’m not expecting an answer to. More a rhetorical question that I want them to think about. As I grow older I realize that this is a typical “Dad Thing” to do. And my kids do the typical “Teenage Thing” as a response.
Here we see an example of what our kids love to do. They don’t quite use up everything. Just enough that they leave it for someone else to find/replace/change/throw out… a roll of toilet paper with one square… A carton of juice with five drops left… Sour cream with half a spoonful remaining… When I ask, “Who finished…?” I get the usual, “Not Me.” And sometimes, “It’s not empty…”
If I didn’t have to supply nourishment to them, there are some days I’d leave the fridge barren to prove a point. which I am tempted to do this weekend. Leave some lemon juice, a yogurt, pickled pepperoncinis, salad dressings and condiments- see how well they’d survive before asking for real food.
The joys of being a parent to three teenagers brings out my immaturity.
Everyone has an opinion on things. Some of the best discussions I have had with people is when they can discuss rationally their point of view. Here are my opinions. No facts or info backing up what I prefer. Just my opinion on which is better. Feel free to discuss.
Dogs are better than cats. My dog is super loyal and just plain amazing.
Coffee is better than tea. Coffee is the go to wake up beverage in my household.
Toilet paper needs to go over towards the front. Not flap behind.
Star Wars is better than Star Trek. (Simply a more action packed universe.)
I’m not even going to begin this debate on man vs woman.
There are plenty of other things that people fight over. Beer vs wine. Hot dogs vs hamburgers. Or stronger opinions that have caused riots: Anti-vax vs Vaccination. Hillary vs Trump. Home school vs classrooms. Or even hands on learning vs textbook learning. God vs everyone else’s God(s) vs Atheists. Evolution vs Creationism.
All of us have an opinion on something. Sometimes our opinions are so strong that we don’t ever accept that we may be wrong. I am willing to have a healthy debate with friends or family as long as there isn’t animosity being brought into the talks.
Unless we are talking about Lord of the Rings. Harry Potter is far superior. End of discussion.