_____ 1. It is the duty of witnesses of a catastrophe to provide an accurate rendering of a historical event.
_____ 2. The best thing we can do with history of a bad situation such as a plague or mass murder is to forget it -- the memory
of such is painful and prevents people from going forward with their lives.
_____ 3. The past
is not dead. It's not even passed.
_____ 4. Any disaster, any catastrophe, any plague, is
part of God's plan.
_____ 5. People earn the plagues that rain down upon them - such realities
are a punishment or a test coming from our own misbegotten behavior.
_____ 6. There is no
good explanation for the death of an innocent child.
_____ 7. One of the worst things we can
do is deny reality - even if it is one that is and will be painful.
_____ 8. Catastrophe is
the great equalizer.
_____ 9. One should not expect too much from people - especially from
those who experience a catastrophe.
_____ 10. If given the chance, most people would take advantage
of a plague for their own interests.
_____ 11. Given the choice between leaving a catastrophe to
find personal happiness and staying in a plague ridden city to fight a terrible disease, most people could be expected to do the former.
_____ 12. Knowledge can be dangerous to the personal self.
13. I trust science and facts and reason to solve a problem.
_____ 14. People have a tendency to
forget what may be coming around the next corner.
_____ 15. Government and other institutions can
make a big difference in how to respond to plague.
_____ 16. We overuse the term "hero" to describe
what should be expected of ordinary people.
_____ 17. There is more to like about human beings than
_____ 18. I don't have much regard for people, especially leaders, who take advantage
of a bad situation.
_____ 19. People who voluntarily put themselves in harms way are foolish.
_____ 20. More than anything else, we would be a lot better off if we believed in common decency - for ourselves and others.
_____ 21. You're either on the side of the plague or you fight against it.