I hope you intuitively understand these examples:
- A person who starts with a small credit card debt believing he can keep the consequences down to a few months; but within a few months faces unmanagable credit card debt, without being too aware
- A software project where the spec-writers pile on too many features and otherwise make it too ambitious; that its many times more complex and costly than if they had designed it properly, minimally and with checked ambitions. But the spec-writers cannot forsee the consequences of their unchecked ambitions.
- A person who believes a white lie can make him escape a small situation, but unforseen to him, he has to manage a snowball of lies to many individuals
- A country decides to arm mercenaries to quickly fix a temporary strategy, but decades later the mercenaries evolve into terror outfits, drug cartels and warlords, making a costly war necessary
In all examples, the person takes an action (take on debt, add gratuitous features) that seemed innocent enough, but soon proved to be extremely costly to him.
Please suggest phrases for:
- an action that seduces you as being innocent and quick, but later causes serious harm
- future costs so abstract (credit card debt in future, development time and mistakes for clumsy specs) that the person cannot reason about them and the harm they present to him
- blindness to such costs and ability to wisely avoid such actions