I’m so glad you wrote this. You echoed many of my thoughts on the subject.
It’s really displaying the mental damage in our society to see an article celebrating when a bunch of idiots got together and lynched the most capable person among their tribe. You see this sort of thing all of the time, and then when all of the most capable people are dead or gone, the idiotic masses start screaming about how difficult their lives are, and you see a wave of suicidal self-destructive “giving up” wash over them.
Rick might be fine without them, in fact it might be the best thing that ever happened to _him_. That company is probably going to burn down tho and those people will be incapable of survival without it.