Don’t forget: disasters and crises bring out the best in people

Disasters and crises bring out the best in us. This simple fact is confirmed by more solid evidence than almost any other scientific insight, but we often forget. Now more than ever, in the middle of a pandemic, it’s crucial to remember this.

Sure, our news feeds are flooded with cynical stories and comments. A report on armed men stealing rolls of toilet paper in Hong Kong,  or a passing comment about the Australian women who got into a fistfight in a Sydney supermarket.  In moments like these, it’s tempting to conclude that most people are selfish and egotistical.