Another major part of the problem is with the overall landscape of our culture today. Now, I'm not hating on America, we have some very positive things about us. But we are human, and being human means we have bad parts, too.
Greg Smith, when he left Goldman-Sachs, talked about a manifestation of this particular issue - the Muppet Syndrome, where clients were referred to as 'muppets' and the recommendations of most Goldman personnel had nothing to do with what was best for the client but what was best for G-S. That is the infection in the psyche today. ME. MINE. I.
Which, frankly, shouldn't be all that surprising. When you believe that life is an accident, that there is no afterlife and, to borrow G Gordon's phrase "We die and are food for the worms," when this life is all that there is, then it's natural to work for as much as you can in the span of your lifetime. Sacrificing the possible longterm benefits for maximizing profit in the short-term is only a natural reaction to the belief that every minute counts, that tomorrow you might be dead, and have nothing to show for your deeds, because there's no glowing ball of light at the end of the tunnel to reward you.
And it isn't just in the business arena, fellow Americans...