BP oil spill and obvious failure

In some organizations, Pollyanna-like tendencies emerge whenever they plan new projects, leading to inevitable failure.

Many projects fail when stakeholders ignore real world challenges and attempt to simplify difficult processes beyond reason. In some organizations, these Pollyanna tendencies emerge whenever they plan new projects.

What part of human nature causes us to ignore obvious realities that lead, inexorably and inevitably, to failure?

While leaving this question to others, I'll share a relevant cartoon with you. The connection is obvious, but please comment and add your thoughts.

Thanks to Sig Rinde for bringing this cartoon to my attention. Apparently, it is from 2007, although the attribution is unknown.

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