People don't change for the better. They prefer to watch movies where that happens. The warm fuzzy without the cold turkey.
Reaching early that dramatic point at which the injustices committed against them condone their apathy. It's the popular dramatic scene in the movie, where the issues are never grey. In real life it's just a reason to fail, to demand pay back. And then there's the guilt that follows, and the accompanying excuses and invitations to be sinned against.