It’s difficult to build a good system.
It’s also difficult to bend a good system out of equilibrium in such a way that it tends toward entropy instead of resiliency.
Once that happens, though, it’s very difficult indeed to recover the previous balance.
And once a lot of big egos get tied up in doggedly making the same mistakes over and over again, the chances of reducing the centrifugal force become lower still.
Once someone has decided to ride the tiger, his perception of risk changes dramatically. Suddenly, it seems awfully dangerous to let go of something it would have been better never to have touched in the first place.