The thing is, human brains are not well wired for processing timescales that are much larger than their lifespan. Two hundred years is not a long time, but an eternity to a human. We expect to see changes happen right now and without consideration of future generations. And most, as if its human nature, are adverse to change. No one wants to commit to change. Why would they? The human lifespan is too short to see drastic changes. What I don't know, won't hurt me, right? Fuck everyone that isn't me, right? The world revolves around me, right?