What makes “normally intelligent” people ignore warnings? Does the desire to know something stem from natural curiosity or morbid stupidity? Seems like the lines between the two often get blurred. Yesterday’s tsunami warnings, meant to drive people away from the beach areas for their own safety, did the opposite. People flocked to watch the waves and take pictures. As a result someone was swept out to sea. Similar thing with the evacuations during fire season, when residents ignore them and force rescuers to risk their lives when they find themselves stuck and in danger. What did they hope to see? Was it worth risking their lives (not to mention the lives of others) to protect their property?
Let’s go back to the curiosity for a second. If you read, say, a medication warning label on a bottle of pills. Do you exceed the recommended dose to “see what happens”? What about a food allergen warning? Would you ingest the food anyway, to “see what happens”? Of course not. That’s stupidity. Warnings are meant to protect us. So, why do people ignore them? I just don’t get it.