Keep Calm and TP on…

 by a Stark Raving Lunatic (K. Flan)

We live in an instant society with high speed internet, speed dating, instant noodles, instant coffee, instant news and instant photo evidence as cell phone cameras catch every misdeed around us.  But maybe, just maybe, things are too instant. Take for example the seemingly instant hysteria and panic facing us today over the Covid-19 virus.  It is literally insane the amount of paranoia and fear that is gripping us.  When feeling anxious, have you never heard the adage to just take a deep breath, count to ten and take in your surroundings?  I believe that we rely far too much on instant news and constant updates.  Sometimes the less you know, the better.  Remember, what you don’t know can’t hurt you.   

While we should always be diligent with our hygiene, especially during cold and flu season, I can’t help but wonder why we never take these same precautions every cold and flu season.  Why aren’t we always wiping down the grocery carts, door handles etc. with disinfecting wipes, as so many vulnerable people fall ill and die from these respiratory illnesses every year?  Is what is happening today really that different? 

Perhaps all of this madness is the universe’s way of resetting the clock.  Like a colony of ants we have been madly going on about our self important lives with crazy focus.  However, our focus has been solely on ourselves.  We truly are the most self indulgent, self absorbed society today.  Me, me, me and mine, mine, mine.  I deserve.  I want.  Yet, we are never satisfied.  I read the posts on social media that complained about the school closures with parents wondering, “just who was going to pay for their kids having to stay home?”  Sometimes we have to make do.  I.E. do the best with what you have.  Put the health of your family above anything else and trust that everything will work out.  Stop panicking and have faith.  Did you know that the opposite of fear is faith?   

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”  Luke 12:25 NIV 

I’m more of the wait and see variety.  I take everything that I hear with a grain of salt and trust my own instincts more than what the media is trying to lay on me.  With that being said, I also use my common sense, or as I like to say, my not-so-common sense.  If I was feeling under the weather or had been anywhere that may have compromised my immunity, I would not be visiting ol aunt Marge in the ICU.   The fact that most people need to be reminded of things like this speaks volumes for just how self absorbed we have become. 

I am going to go on about my business.  I will not panic and horde shop like so many others.  My grocery shopping will be for the weekly items that I have always shopped for and not for the trailer loads of toilet paper and pasta that everyone else is stocking up on.  Whatever is really going on, whether it be a virus Armageddon, toilet paper apocalypse or pasta paranoia, for me it’s business as usual.  Hopefully, God willing, the hype dies down and the world returns once again to normality.  Whatever that is. 



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