Very rarely do we know all the details and impact of the substantial decisions we make. Oh, we think we know them but there is no way to prove this. Many times people attempt to make altruistic decisions that end up having a long term negative impact. Other times people try to do good but it is perceived as evil and thus never takes off. With the increase of information, the “optics” of a situation are often more important than the reality itself, which mind you is rarely ever fully known (see above.) The high flow of information should theoretically make it easier to address this problem but usually this decreases the signal-to-noise ratio.
So we make the best decision we can with the evidence we are given. But there is spin – the sounds around us that sway our decision one way or another. Instead of having all the facts we look at the end result and pick that path we think will get us there. But there are side effects to taking this prescribed medicine that are not always evident. Side effects we could never have imaged because we don’t understand every facet of every market and industry.
For example, some people may want to increase military levels, but do not consider the residuals of an increased veterans administration, increased GI bill, and an increase in so many other areas.
I don’t feel hindered by this dilemma but find it peculiar and interesting. Sometimes you find yourself in a position of knowing what another person really wants and watch them make poor decisions based on misinformation. Entire countries have been raised and taken down in the name of a common goal – leaving people asking, “was that goal accomplished?”
Revolutionaries are dangerous when they are misdirected.