Cultures and heritages are dynamic. Does being in the right place at the right time enable some folks to reap the benefits of evolving social mores?
A naive person might function with trust in a murky situation, but it is unlikely that he or she has no inkling at all about the possibility of eventually being blindsided.
Should we all sleep with an eye open all the time? Probably not, but sometimes well worn clichés make a lot of sense, such as remembering to be courteous to people we meet on the way up a greasy pole.
In moments such as these, the subtext lurking behind grand spectacles is often clear and vivid to many observers.
Are we living in times of transition? This is possible, but it is not always easy to assess the velocity of change.