By Luis Castilla
The congestion at the Port of Los Angeles is already making people nervous about how it will affect the holiday season.
Hundreds of cargo ships are stuck waiting, and their cargo isn’t being loaded off fast enough.
This highlights a problem, not only in the supply chain but also in society’s current mindset.
We as a people are addicted to consumerism.
The Port of Los Angeles is the biggest in the country and one of the biggest in the world.
The bottleneck was caused by increased demand for imported goods.
The port was overwhelmed and could not unload cargo fast enough.
The lack of workers throughout the supply chain also contributed to the delay.
Now, the impact of the congestion is rippling around the globe.
This constant need to buy things is not sustainable with our current import system, as proven by the bottleneck at the Port of Los Angeles.
The commercial aspects of the holidays are not helping ease the congestion either.
Every year, the human population grows, and new people need new things.
The current supply chain is not sustainable and will only worsen over time.
The Biden administration is currently trying to relieve the congestion by working the port 24/7.
Many retail companies are also working around the clock to move their cargo out of the port; however, this is only a temporary fix.
Fixing the problem at its source requires a fundamental change within the way we look at consumerism.
Instead of buying every single thing we want, we should practice buying only the things we need.
I like buying things. Everyone likes receiving gifts. If we continue this excessive buying, we’ll see port bottlenecks every year.
Putting aside all logistical complications, it is the mindset of people that is to blame.
This will be the first holiday season since the COVID-19 pandemic began that people can gather without any restrictions, considering they are fully vaccinated.
What matters most should be seeing loved ones without fear of inadvertently killing them, not presents.
If there’s one thing I learned from 2000, the all-time classic “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” it’s that gizmos and gadgets aren’t what make the holidays special.
Once when I was a little boy, just before Christmas, our car was broken into, and a trunkful of toys was stolen.
My brothers and sisters didn’t get any toys that year, and we turned out fine, so it wouldn’t hurt kids today to go a year without toys.
If we all buy a little less, we won’t clog the port every year.