Without rehashing too much, the author riffs off a piece about surviving plane crashes and other profound disasters. She likens the current administration to a slow-motion disaster on an epic scale, but nevertheless a disaster sharing the same characteristics as, say, a plane crash in terms of our human reaction to it:
- When faced with disaster, most people do not respond by fighting or fleeing. Their first response is to disbelieve.
- To overcome this stage of disbelief, people seek advice from others nearby, especially people they trust.
- Even when disbelief has been overcome, most people do not flee, they FREEZE.
- This sort of "trance" reaction is surprisingly common. In one study, 45% of people "shut down," when asked under pressure to perform unfamiliar but basic tasks. Unfortunately, this inability to act can mean the difference between life and death.
- People are more likely to act if they have previous experience with disaster or are properly informed.
- People can escape their "trances" if helped by others -- either by being told what to do or by being helped to act.