Kids today have these 'thought exercises' they pass around--like "Would you kill your girlfriend with a rusty bottle opener if it meant ten strangers would live?"
A more realistic one today is "Would you make a billion dollars if you knew it would cause the world to become unlivable ten years after you died?"
The values system of American-Style Capitalism would dictate a yes answer to that question. Profit and wealth are not just the most important thing, they're the ONLY thing. If you make a billion, you're a hero! It doesn't matter how you made it. We elected a guy president based soley on his long career of cheating, lying, corruption and building debt! We figure if he's rich he must be a 'very stable genius' and must know what's best for all of us!
Now the entire world is faced with an existential threat. And among the major nations, the US is the ONLY country that refuses to take action. If you're under 20 today you'll see some of the worst effects of this danger in your lifetime. Yet taking steps to solve it means that the biggest, richest corporations in the US must lose out on billions in profits--so it's a no-brainer!
_I_ wouldn't invest in something that killed people. But if I had a chance to become a billionaire--or, better yet, if I was ALREADY a billionaire and had a chance to pile another billion on top of it--I might!