If before doing anything important people sat down for five minutes and looked at the earth as it is from outside, a little blue dot containing everything, they would make better decisions. They would be operating in the world as it is, not using some ancient, outmoded model.
…buy it. They were not interested in how to avoid a calamity; they’re convinced we are too far gone. For all their wealth and power, they don’t believe they can affect the future. They are simply accepting the darkest of all scenarios and then bringing whatever money and technology they can employ to insulate themselves — especially if they can’t get a seat on the rocket to Mars.