This logic leads to sticking with something that needs to be changed and would be changed if not for the amount of resources already invested. Instead of adjusting or abandoning the decision, the person continues to invest more resources.
Why Would Someone Do This?1. Lack of Understanding - The person thinks making changes to decisions means a mistake has been made. A mistake is viewed as being unintelligent. The person does not understand that one of the purposes of this life is to make the necessary adjustments to move closer to becoming one with the Creator and that this life is just one leg of a continuous journey and that adjustments not made in this life will have to be made in another life. The person does not connect the other understandings which teach that making adjustments is part of the learning, growth, development and maturity process. The person does not understand that a grown-up is not someone who does not make mistakes but is someone who does better as they know better. 2. Identity Crisis – A large part of the person's self-esteem (knowledge of self) is based on what they think intelligence means. This comes from a suboptimal context of a suboptimal culture. Anything that even looks unintelligent is a threat to self-esteem. The ego is in control and the façade has become the preferred image. 3. Emotional imbalance - (Fear, Guilt, Shame, Pride, etc.). The person sinks deeper and deeper into despair because the only way out is changing the decision but the person is unwilling to do this. As a result of this contradiction, turmoil inside shows up on the outside in behavior that causes physical sickness. This person is in danger of emotional and physical breakdown, because as time passes and nothing changes for the better in the area they know they should have already changed, hidden pressure continues to build. The person acts out and lashes out. Whatever is in range is in danger because a sinking ship creates suction. All of the above is the domain of the lower self. This spirit within all of us is very good at self-deception. The person thinks they are too clever, smart and intelligent for self-correction because no one can prove they need to change or make them change or know they need to change. This is perfect. So it seems. If the person is a follower of the Jewish-Christian Bible, they continue to overlook the fact that God made frequent adjustments starting in Heaven when some angels revolted. Adjustment was made in the Garden of Eden and then with the flood and then with sending Yeshua (Jesus) as a sacrifice. Many more adjustments to the plan were made when things did not go as expected. The Ecosystem within and without are ever-changing, always making adjustments in response to information.
Life is an adjustment process. It is abnormal not to make adjustments.
The biggest thing is not that you're prodigal and have been gone for so long. The most important thing is that you turn and head home. Without adjustments and self-correction, a person has not repented because the person is in denial and resistance of the need to make corrections.
Clearly, the benefit of making adjustments along the way of a journey outweigh the sunk costs because lessons learned are automatically reinvested into the next steps taken. Nothing is lost or wasted.
In other words, you transform sunk costs to work for you as you do what you know to do.
In other words, there is no such thing as sunk cost. Sunk cost is energy not yet recognized and/or not yet properly applied. Sunk cost is a function of understanding. Sunk cost exist to the degree understanding does not. The biggest thing is not that you're prodigal and have been gone for so long. The most important thing is that you turn and head home. Stop being stubborn. Forgive yourself! This gives the greater portion of you, inside you and outside you, a chance to help you do the rest.
Use your free will to choose the spirit of the higher self which is very good at self-correction and leading you towards knowledge of self. (UC#566), (UC#567), (UC#571), (UC#595), (UC#670) Relationships | Stupidity, Sadistic & Anti-God Behaviors”Family Planning Developments, Self-Esteem And Abuse & Neglect Context.”