According to Wikipedia:
Those aboard Titanic were ill-prepared for such an emergency. In accordance with accepted practices of the time, where ships were seen as largely unsinkable and lifeboats were intended to transfer passengers to nearby rescue vessels,[l] Titanic only had enough lifeboats to carry about half of those on board; if the ship had carried her full complement of about 3,339 passengers and crew, only about a third could have been accommodated in the lifeboats. The crew had not been trained adequately in carrying out an evacuation. The officers did not know how many they could safely put aboard the lifeboats and launched many of them barely half-full. Third-class passengers were largely left to fend for themselves, causing many of them to become trapped below decks as the ship filled with water. The “women and children first” protocol was generally followed when loading the lifeboats, and most of the male passengers and crew were left aboard.
I assume, some people believed that the Titanic could not sink. As a result, they failed to act and suffered the consequences because their worldview didn’t match reality.
I’m still seeing social distancing not taken seriously.
And hopefully, those few will see that the ship is taking in water before it’s too late.
The good news is, we are not abandoning ship. Social distancing is the number one form of prevention and does work.
One more boat metaphor to think about:
The boats rise and fall with the tide. We are in this together. The longer we wait to change our behavior, the more it’s going to hurt.