If you built your entire civilization on such a stupid foundation, you lose.
Anyone smarter than that can wipe you off the face of the earth, unless you can survive long enough to correct your deeply embedded mistake.
an attempt to push the world in a better direction
Imagine you just completed an old fashioned Fort, with thick sloped masonry walls to deflect incoming artillery, etc.... only to learn all the bricks were actually blocks of Plastic Explosive (due to a massive supply chain failure).
You have a Fort that can destroy itself and offers zero defense...