It will be interesting (for those who follow us) to see what actually materialises.
Mindful in the affairs and conduct of Humans, we should be aware of the amazing dependence (and grasping actions) of some on others, particularly in Crises.
But this is often, nay usually, followed by the almost immediate dereliction of contracts and rewards once those Crises have been averted or have receded.
And the biggest failures besides the reneging by individuals (usually those in power) is the reneging by whole Nations once they have cleared the danger.
This is easily noted from reading of behaviour by the Greek Cities of Antiquity and they were closely emulated by generations of Romans and every other Nation since.
Perhaps it is a trait of all life to slough off without conscience or remorse (and often unknowingly) debts owed to the past!
Wyndham Freyer once said, ‘Make no promises that you cannot keep!’ But it is hard sometimes to take that advice when urgent help is needed from whoever is competent to give it.
One’s gratitude is at its greatest after a crisis has been averted. But the feeling and commitment in the recipient usually fades with time.
Conversely the immediate response and pleasure of a successful action by the helper is usually greatest as the crisis passes. Unhappiness develops and grows as the recipient’s gratitude wanes!
– John H M Carter