Well, when you make millions in the process it is always easier to live with the downsides.
Massoud Zee
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I don’t think making millions has anything to do with it… it has to do with prioritizing the greater long term benefit over the smaller, immediate costs.

Most people get stuck in the present, looking at short term costs.

This is normal — after all, someone who is losing his job cannot be expected to care that the same thing that hurts him will provide even greater benefits overall to the society. The harm is immediate and personal, while the benefits are widely dispersed and way off in the distance.

In that sense, prioritizing short term cost avoidance over long term benefits is a very human thing to do. The tough thing is that such an approach — that very human approach — is ultimately bad for everyone if it prevents or delays genuinely beneficial changes.

The compromise is to pursue beneficial changes — and also to help those who face the immediate costs so they don’t carry the burden for everyone else’s benefit. When that compromise is executed successfully, creative destruction is at its best.

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