It's the curse of Frankeinstein.
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.
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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