April 12, 2021

THE BIAS OF NORMALCY CAN KILL YOU:  Yom HaShoah and the importance of recognizing when the rules of the game have changed.

Not just the conviction that “it can’t happen here.” There is also the deep in-built certainty that tomorrow will be more or less like today, and the worst that can happen within relatively safe bounds. Even while everything is shifting against you. From Pompeii to Nazi Germany, from Alexander’s conquests to Communist Russia, the normalcy bias has killed more human beings than any other factor in history.

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