The nature of our nature is not to be particularly constrained by our nature.
— Gabor Mate, Myth of Normal
Destruction in the face of progress is not only possible, but an efficient way to get rid of excess.
Productive exploration requires the application of skilled personal judgment to chasing hunches and interesting problems without narrow material and objective constraints. It is generally unfair and wasteful for this to be anything but voluntarily self-funded, though some well-designed research institutions can effectively simulate productive leisure and accelerate the exploration process. Thus, speculative exploration is a special duty of those with means.