The psychology of previous investment is a major stifling influence when it comes to many of the world’s problems. Rather than build a new and vastly superior system we will often just do patches on the existing framework which just delays the inevitable teardown.
The Windows operating systems which dominates the computer marketplace has been operating on this principle for years.
The ability to make quick changes and turn our backs on outdated systems is a key skill in today’s world.
Having the knowledge and focus to realize all the potential out there is another matter entirely…..