The director smiled as he said, “You must’ve spent too much time with Professor Shangguan, and was affected by him. Now, you can hardly distinguish between reality and theory. We decided to proceed with the final phase according to you and Miss Shangguan’s report, yet you’re now asking us to halt the plan when the necessary funds were already distributed? What do you expect me to tell the higher ups?”
Mrs. Shangguan knew that it was difficult to apply for funds for a specific project, as thorough investigations, verifications and a final approval was required. Multiple departments were involved throughout the process to carry out all of the tasks, and a halt to the plan would be equivalent to denying all those previous efforts.
Aside from that, the departments would have to go through another series of investigation and verification before deciding on canceling or changing the original plan, so there were great implications. It would be harmful for the government, as it would be an excuse for the opposition party to assault the government by accusing them as being negligent toward their duties and wasting the taxes paid by the people.
There would also be public accusations of corruption, and that the plan was a deliberate act on the organization’s part to swindle funds. The worst outcome was that it would start a series of impeachment on the various authorities, and it would affect the upcoming elections at the very least.
That was the difference between Western countries and other countries. It would be highly impossible to change courses or terminate plans as soon as they were executed. Plans would be continued even if it was morally wrong to, while success and failure would be another story altogether. This was probably why people would say, ‘Man proposes but God disposes.’ Objective and subjective reasons could be listed upon reflection if the plan failed, but they would be criticized if they were to abandon it altogether.
‘The Cassandra Crossing’ would be a significant example. It was a Western movie that told the story of someone who carried a virus onto a train. The authorities confirmed that the virus would cause the outbreak of a plague, and they decided to lead the train to the abandoned Cassandra Crossing to demolish both the train and bridge, which would wipe out the virus in a no man’s land.