When times are good, there are a lot of people to learn from.
When times are dire, there’s almost no wisdom to be found.
It seems when the world is humming along and freedom and prosperity are abundant, there are many experienced hands in many fields with a lot of interesting and useful advice and input.
When the shit hits the fan, prosperity ceases, and freedom is strangled, nearly everyone ceases to bring wisdom or insight to the table. People who seemed smart and creative in prosperity become dull and reactive in a pinch. People who seemed free and courageous become groveling quick.
And some of the people that seemed the least insightful and the most crazy in the good times appear among the remnant of insightful and courageous in crisis.