"Dead leaves fall upon dead leaves." Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor
The business cycle repeats itself time and again. I'm not only talking about the ups and downs of corporations but also the individuals who play a part in those companies. But unlike going concerns which can be multi-generational, the certainty for people, no matter how rich and powerful they are, is they all end up in the same place in a relatively short time.
Ancient Rome was a place of indescribable power and wealth. Where is it now? But modern society isn't built like Rome. It isn't built to rule the known world, but geared to manage mundane product or process niches.
How sad when I hear certain individuals still clamoring for a little advantage here and there, continuing to harm others. They are old enough to know better but not young enough to care. They forget the principles of old, which ironically are often found in young children: play nice and share if you have more than you need.
What I propose is familiar yet completely different. Huge profits can be gained. These profits can increase indefinitely. Your legacy would be secured. So if you want lasting profits, figure out ways to create happiness for as many people in the world as possible. Have people root for you, not be eager for your demise. This is increasing real shareholder value. ☮