Robert J. Samuelson writing in today’s Washington-Post, offers an interesting take on the relationship between the collapse of the financial markets and the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico–that success bred complacency that ignored the risk.

“It is human nature to celebrate success by relaxing. The challenge we face is how to acknowledge this urge without being duped by it.”

That reminds me of what an old Sergeant once told me, “Sir, when things are going well, you are about to get bit in the ass.”

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