The flaws in the world mean that you're not left with that option alone - there are other worlds accessible to you, even on this same planet.The phenomenon I'm trying to illustrate is that once one person is greedy, or shallow, or stupid, and starts grabbing up attention or money or subscribers or whatever currency you're after, you're only left with the option to start acting like they do and claim your share, or sit back and watch the worst people cannabalize the best as a function of their sociopathy. We've built a flawed world I think.
My anecdote to prove the point dates back almost twenty years, when I was running my own business in rented premises. To really fulfil my professional ambitions, I needed to buy the building, but year after year the bank refused to give me a mortgage because my "cautious, sustainable growth" didn't look great when matched with aggressive behaviour of the Big Players in the sector. One day, after reviewing the figures, a business advisor told me that I should subcontract myself for a large fee to one of the Big Players and employ someone on minimum wage to do my work in my own office for my own customers.
Shortly afterwards, I shut down the business, sold the family home and moved to a different country where I've since been living debt-free on the back of a few months' work per year. The bank, on the other hand, was irreparably burnt in the Lehman Bros fire and had to be demolished.