Yes, indeed, boys and girls this is the third Friday in a row that we are all staring at the same four walls, same sad faces, and yes, the blank page on our latest work in progress.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that mental health should be addressed. We, as a nation, much less as a people, are not meant to be in a cage. I get it, it is a beautiful cage, and just maybe you were one of those who continue to buy all the toilette paper leaving the shelves bare for the rest of us.
On some fundamental level, those basic necessities seem to live deep in our psyche. If I were a betting person, I would guess it has something to do with our tribal mentality or herd mentality. You might be asking yourself, TW, what the hell does that have to do with anything?
Great question, not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. But here is my take on the great TP fiasco of 2020.
For ‘us’ to be acceptable to the herd, we need to fit in. If I had to guess, I would also say that is why people wear jeans instead of other kinds of slacks or pants. They are certainly not the most comfortable or stylish attire around, but yet we all have multiple pairs.
Taking that herd metaphor further, I would also guess that is why tattoos and piercings are more prevalent today. I about threw up in my mouth when I saw the governor of New York with nipple piercings under his polo shirt. ‘Hey, look at how cool I am; I got nipple piercings or how about this TAT, yeah that baby cost me plenty.’
Toilette paper is an extension of this in that; we dare not ‘stink.’ In the most basic primordial instincts, we want to make sure that we can be around others and not have an odor to us.
If we did, we might be shunned by the herd. This is just my educated guess on the matter, but it is the only one that makes sense.
I say this in that there was no mass e-mail telling people to go buy all the TP. Did this happen in your country too? Please let me know.
Years ago, I read this excellent book called ‘Dress for Success.’ One of the take-aways of the book was this “Fads are for fools.”
I am very comfortable in my own skin, and you will never see me with tats or any other tribal marks indicating which herd I belong to. I doubt that if you ask people with massive amounts of ink that they could articulate why they did it. ‘It looks cool, or I like the art,’ is just a superficial answer and not the real reason. Fitting in is more than likely the real reason if they were honest with themselves.
If you sport such a piece of art and wish to elucidate on the reasoning behind it, feel free. To me, the phycology behind this action fascinates me. I see some people well into their golden years getting tats for the first time in their lives. ‘That’ is trying to hang on to their youth by doing things that the youth are doing. ‘See, I am still cool.’
“No, not really, desperate is probably the real answer, or maybe afraid of facing your mortality.”
As the title suggests, this is the third Friday, which means as of Saturday, it will be three weeks of social distancing.
I am a hugger, and this is killing me; so that you know.
Here is my challenge to you. Call and or facetime, skype, etc. those that you know. Start with family and then call the family that you pick, those would be friends. Take the time to catch up with even the people that you know that you hardly ever speak with. No not on Facebook, actually call them.
We have become reclusive using text and Facebook as poor substitutions for being ‘social.’
Nature abhors a vacuum. If you are like me, stuck in your house, there is a vacuum in your life, what will fill it? Instead of coping by using negative emotions, or worse, substances, do it through interaction with friends and family. The odds are excellent that they, too, are suffering the same bit of cabin fever. Turn a negative into a positive.
Much love, and hang in there. Feel free to comment. Many of you have, and I love to hear from you. –Best -TW