Spoken text from The Second Hurricane, Aaron Copland's opera for high-school students:
But nobody wants to help anybody. See, when people are scared, they act tough and try to be bossy. Nothing ever gets done that way. That's the trouble with our heroes at this moment. It's everyone for himself instead of everyone cooperating and sticking together and doing something. So with this big storm coming on, they get scared, and they get bossy. Each one thinks he knows what is best to do so they all separate.