To understand the human psyche is a gift. To understand it because you've lived it is matchless.
Why do people continue a pattern that they know in the end will lead to undoing? Fear and a warped view of the world in which they live, I would say, are at the top of the list. To face these two demons is very daunting for most.
If you're in the world of growing something, if you have a calling, if you are moved to make change, then you need to realize that often the choices people make are based on human beings being human.