By the time a nation diagnoses the disasters it faces, in most cases, it's already past the stage at which they can be expunged. A good standard of living cannot be maintained without the capacity to foresee the coming disasters and making preparations to protect society. From the knowledge of the past (history and traditions), people gain an insight into the experiences of their ancestors, and they develop the talent for assessing the present for signs of future disasters. But when the times are good, the new generation becomes attracted to liberalism and nihilism, which thrive by weakening the sense of history and traditions—their capacity to study the past, conduct an assessment of the present, and presage the future gets atrophied. A nation of liberal and nihilistic people cannot fend off the smallest disaster.