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Blowback, unintended consequences, unwanted side-effects, suffered repercussions

While blowback is a term originating from within the American Intelligence community, denoting the unintended consequences, unwanted side-effects, or suffered repercussions of a covert operation that fall back on those responsible for the aforementioned operations, it can be used everywhere, about everything. I especially like using it when discussing the unintended consequences of doing good in the world, the unwanted side-effects of progress and international development, and the unforgivable suffered repercussions of trying to change—nay, save!—the world. I dare you to come up with any world-changing invention, technology, or game-changer, and I will show you the price one will need to pay, the very dear price, of disrupting the very complex equilibrium that life on earth maintains in ways that our human ape brains can hardly remotely begin to understand. In my experience, do-gooders are only ever half-right. They do do.

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