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Today's Gas Shortage Was Fueled by Fear

The stampede for gas is causing panic on the streets following Hurricane Sandy.

Mahatma Gandhi stated, "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed." 

Watching today's news, as people wait on long gas lines, with panic in their eyes and tempers flaring, made me think of the above quote.  Did everyone have to fill up every car they owned right now? Could we have first thought of those people without power, who need gas for their generators right now, so that they may provide warmth for their families today? 

This gas shortage was surely fueled by fear.  In life there are but two emotions: love and fear.  Right now fear is running rampant, as everyone scrambles thinking: each man for himself.  If people would have taken just enough gas to get through the next few days, the shortages and long lines wouldn't exist.

If people keep running around like the sky is falling, these kinds of things will just keep happening. Shortages or imagined long-term shortages always cause panic on the streets. Wall Street will soon reflect this kind of thinking as well.  Each and everyone of us has to stop the stampede, or we will all get trampled to death. 

If you have enough gas for today, then be grateful for that and allow others to get what they need just for -- today.  Be patient and pay it forward.

And remember: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 

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Archie Bunker November 05, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Most people I know did not take this storm half way seriously. I went to Home Depot/Lowes etc here and there over the weekend prior to the storm and days before and never found it crowded. Countless co-workers and friends said "they always say it's going to be bad and it isn't". I am sure this won't be a repeat mistake for a long time to come. I always prepare and take each storm seriously. It doesn't matter if the last storm was bad or not.
Archie Bunker November 05, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Most people are just panicking and want to top off.
Archie Bunker November 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
"Vote them out" because of everyone's wonton panic over gas? Doesn't make sense
Archie Bunker November 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
If you get to the point where you need to get gas and have to wait on the line - I suggest turning the cor off as much as possible while you wait.
Brian November 05, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I have to agree with Steve; it's clear that many are so spoiled they confuse convenience with necessity in difficult times. Why though would it be so bad for people to prepare a bit more? I remember how complacent my family was prior to Irene last fall and this year when I asked how they were preparing it was basically the same attitude. I now live in Arizona and always keep 2 weeks of food, water and basic supplies on hand in case of emergency but I'm considered a bit "crazy" by most people back home on Long Island.


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