After returning from my trip, I decided to go to the store for some food and household items. What I discovered was a post apocalypse scenario that not only had me baffled, but left me feeling a little numb about the current state of our society.
The pandemonium that in-snarl’s a persons mind to act at the level that was seen can only be described as a mixed bag of emotions for some and complete utter disregard and complete greed of a fellow man/woman, something that only a science fiction writer could know how to understand.
It has not been since the depression in the late 20’s, has world seen such panic buying – a run on… – to the extent that is this evident.
As a refresher:
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries, it started in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. The Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how intensely the world’s economy can decline.
The Great Depression started in the United States after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929, known as “Black Tuesday”. Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an estimated 15%. By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession. Some economies started to recover by the mid-1930s. However, in many countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the beginning of World War II that was started in 1939.
If there is anything that is to be learned from history, it would have to be that any one small event can trigger a global catastrophe. It is up to us as a society to know how to keep calm to maintain peace.