People act differently when shit hits the fan. Things get really hard, protective nature takes over, and people often fold like lawn chairs.
I’m speaking from experience, both in dealing with others and also from my own actions. Especially from my own actions.
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence"
That wonderful quote is from Robert J. Hanlan but I found similar quotes from philosophers dating back to Goethe in 1774. Google is really helpful with these things!