Obituaries, Disasters, and Immunity
There is a game that many of us play when hearing that someone of roughly the same age has passed away. We search for a reason to distinguish the individual from ourselves: "He drank too much." "She was always very tense." "His father died of that." "She smoked."
Organizational and political disasters can also prompt a rush to find an easy explanation that will, we hope, place the victims in a group in which we, of course, would never belong.
The more one studies history, however, the more difficult it is to pretend that we, as individuals and as citizens of a nation, are magically immune from some very real dangers.
True, we may be at the beginning of a new and exciting era but there is also the chance that we are in Paris in 1938.