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.