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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair

Bingo.

When you create systems that focus on short-term gains, you ignore long-term prosperity.

Worse, the more intellectual debt you collect, the more bureaucratic things become, the more interchangeable the system gets, when entities grow too big to fail; we pretend we are no longer accountable for the actions of others.

Besides, if we just leave, someone else will just be plugged in to do it anyway. “I might as well get mine while I can.”

Indeed, the marshmallow is a real temptation. Whether we are talking about eating the forbidden fruit or today’s problem of climate change:

We don’t live forever. As a result, it isn’t natural to act in the self-interest of others. 

The point isn’t to become self-reliant so that you never have adversity again.