This is something I don’t understand about people who are facing eminent danger in natural disasters. Why do they insist on staying in their homes?
I think about the people who refused to leave their homes in spite of hours of warnings before Mt. St. Helens blew. They ended up being crushed in the pyroclastic flows. It couldn’t have been something they really wanted – to die a horrible death. Why did they stay?
The people that were able to leave New Orleans but chose not to (I’m not talking about the poor and disenfranchised who had not alternatives to leave the city). Why did they stay? Did they really want to drown, deal with the lootings, etc., or be subjected to hours and hours of terror while the hurricane ripped through the city?
And now, in Oak Creek Canyon, some people have chosen to stay in their houses. Why?
Isn’t life MUCH more important than material goods? Wouldn’t you rather save yourself, your loved ones, and your pets rather than perish in a fire?
These are the issues:
What is worth so much that people are willing to risk their lives?
To me, it’s rather selfish. They risk not only their own lives and those of their families and pets – but the lives of those who will have to come to their rescue.