All around the world we are seeing images of emptied supermarket shelves as people prepare for lockdowns. Is it ethical to ensure you have enough supplies for your family without regards to others? Or is it unethical not to think of other (potentially more disadvantaged) people's needs?
Stockpiling is a storm in a teacup
There are way bigger issues at hand than whether or not someone has more toilet paper for you. We should be focusing on ensuring healthcare services aren't at max capacity instead.
The bigger issue here is contagion inside the stores
Everyone running into the stores to stockpile supplies means much quicker spread of disease. This is the bigger problem at hand. Lack of toilet paper won't kill you, a disease can.Explore
Food supplies will be replenished, the hospitals are the real problem
Food supplies at stores are restocked regularly. There need not be panic about this. However there is a limited number of ICU beds available, so stopping the spread of the disease is the main issue.Explore
Yes, it is ethical to stockpile groceries
At the end of the day, you have a right to protect yourself and your family. You do not owe it to other people to ensure their needs are met too.
It is right to ensure your loved ones are provided for
If you have dependents you need more supplies to ensure they have what they need.Explore
Others are doing it so you have to do it
Even if you feel like you don't need to, the fact that everyone else is doing it means that you have to in order to have what you need.Explore
Survival is a basic human need
No one can blame you for going into survival mode during times of crisis.Explore
No, it is not ethical to stockpile groceries
It is unethical to only think of yourself during this time. There are people who need the supplies as much as you do and it is just and fair to ensure that there is enough for them as well.
There are more vulnerable people who need it more
It is not ethical to stockpile groceries and other supplies if you don't need them because there are vulnerable people who need them more.Explore
Shortages are caused by people stockpiling
There isn't a need to stockpile. But the fact that so many people buy into the panic causes the shortages. There would be normal amounts of products for everyone if people did not do this.Explore
Creates a sense of panic
The more people stockpile, the more media pays attention to it and hypes it up more. It becomes a full-filling prophecy where the panic buying leads to more panic buying.Explore
This page was last edited on Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 10:06 UTC