COMMENT:

Breaking up is so hard to do ... it's a cliche that cliches become cliches because they often contain basic truths.

The stock analogy for how difficult it is for big things - or entrenched attitudes - to change direction is usually the ocean liner one.

It's a core fact that, yes, it does take a very long time indeed to turn an ocean liner around: first, all the information must be centralised and evaluated for a certain course of action to become apparent; then, even with the engines reversed, it's still a protracted process negating the huge mass

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