The most direct way I can think of to answer that is well, honest people never expect to be undercut. Or if they do it, they'll cling to their integrity while they are being taken for every penny they have.
Think of every great achievment mankind has supposedly made. How many inventions are we told were invented by one person, only to learn later on that they were actually ripped off from somoene else?
In the end, Honesty is a product of ideals, hopes and dreams. It's the armor you carry with you when you've failed so that you can tell people, "Well at least I was honest about it."
Success in any field has always been off of the blood and sweat of others. It's a sad fact, but it's true.
"Ignorance is bliss," an honest and intelligent person who understands how the system ACTUALLY works rarely wishes to actively participate in it. Because the genuine honest person often finds himself/herself on the fringes of society, it's difficult to take actions that can have profound enough consequences to make a difference.
Its not that honest people fail, its that they are often exploited by others and do nothing to prevent it. I for one am honest but will end you if you steal my work or blame me for something that isn't my fault. It's because the odds are stacked against the honest person trying to eek out a living. They are swindled and can't don anything about it. They are undercut by the justice system and can do nothing about it. They are attacked openly with violence, but can do something about that, and that is grab a Glock.
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