Smithers Interior News Editorial

Smithers Interior News Editorial

Don’t panic

In times of shortage we need to think about our neighbours as well as ourselves

It happens every time.

Every time there is some kind of potential supply chain issue, some of us rush out and try to buy up everything we can.

Last time it was the beginning of the pandemic. And, of course, the supply chain quickly stabilized and we were able to what we needed, even if a few compromises had to be made, such as switching dog food brands.

Authorities urged people not to hoard, again reminding us that we are communities and the things we need our neighbours and friends also need.

This time it is massive flooding down south cutting off truck routes north. Again, authorities are begging that we remain calm, that there are alternatives and let the situation settle without depriving others of essentials and staples.

Of course, there is a tiny minority that seeks to profit from the hoarding and all we can say about that is shame on you.

There is no question humans tend to act out of self-interest, so it is understandable that we would think of ourselves first when faced with a potential threat. But we are also social animals, also gifted with the ability to reason.

Things are rarely as bad as what we can imagine in the worst-case scenario. This current situation will sort itself out even if for a while we have to put up with limited selection of certain items.

We should be seriously grateful we are here and not in the areas of the province facing the devastation from which these shortages have resulted.

The ironic thing about panic-buying in our communities is that when we do face the worst case scenarios, such as some in the Lower Mainland are currently going through, we know that, as northerners, we would pull together to help each other out and share what we have for the greater good.

So why can’t we do that when we are facing a middle-case scenario?

Don’t panic, and please, think about others.