In response to my blog post People are Terrified to Death concerning the Egyptian riots and the shortage of food and water that was plaguing the citizens of Cairo, a reader sent the following comment:
Look, don't be so apt to go out and fill your house with food and water. Just imagine what will happen when everyone in your neighborhood that has no food or water will do when they realize you have plenty. They'll stop at nothing to get it from you.
I confess I find this a baffling approach. Does this mean no one should ever do anything to prepare for a disaster? That the people in the path of the massive snowstorm that hit the middle and eastern United States last week should have just sat there and twiddled their thumbs in case the neighbors had no food?
Or, addressing the Egyptian situation, is it better to have no food or water in the house when rioting strikes (thus assuring your family goes hungry or thirsty, or that you literally risk your life to go to the grocery store)? Or is it better to have plenty of food and water to ensure your family's comfort and hopefully have enough to share with hungry neighbors?
I would like to think the person leaving this comment isn't suggesting it's better to go hungry in the face of a calamity rather than take some sensible precautions. Then why leave such a comment? I confess I find it baffling and would welcome some clarification from the person who left it.