Not understanding that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and “you are only as weak as the weakest link” are 2 sides to the same coin!
Accepting mediocrity is the Do No Harm, Don’t Be Evil that allows life to do its thing.
You are right that complexity and potential weakness are two sides of the same coin.
But this has nothing to do with accepting mediocrity.
Accepting mediocrity is (and has always been) an evolutionary threat. You just need few organized outliers far enough from the happy low average to exterminate or subdue such majority.
Which is what some riches are doing right now, actually, with the majority accepting its own #mediocrity happily supporting their enterprise.
If it was so, we would still be ape in cavens. 😉
Change inevitably comes from outliers.
If they are generous people, it benefits everybody.
If they are not.. it benefits them.
Bystanders are.. well.. harmless.
Note however that I'm not saying that people should feel pressure to do more, to be more productive, to own more status symbols and similar bullshit.
We should all feel pressure to make humanity better, to BE better.
If we others will "improve" it for us.
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