In principle, we want to enforce as much peace and order as possible. It means while you have the rest of the nation exerting as much possible effort to saving you from the situation you are in, that you would do your part in instilling the same sense of right and wrong as you would in an ordinary day. This allows protocols to move in more smoothly. I agree.
But then you have government officials threatening to shoot you and people like you. You are called unrighteous and immoral. Criminals, so to speak. You have been branded in history as “looters” by people who are standing idly by, perched regally within the confines of their intact homes miles and miles away, heedless of the war that has ensued within your own personal world.
These people are dealing with a matter of life and death. They are human beings. They are biologically predisposed to being calculated and rational. But they are, after all, just human beings. Strong men break down, systems malfunction, and hearts stop beating. These could easily be the worst days of their lives, having to tend upon the dead bodies of their loved ones under piles of rubble in an empty stomach and with no clean water, having seen the devastation that pierced and tore their mothers, fathers, and children apart at point-blank.
They are not calculated nor rational. But this isn’t like some ordinary day. And so these people choose to leave their better instincts bare out of desperation.
I want peace and order about as much as the next person. But honestly, who the fuck are we to judge them?