When thinking ahead constantly means creating a set of problems to fix instead of actually facing stuff coming at you from the environment. If we all did that we'd pretty much all be living in virtual words of our own, some kind of de facto solipsism through the sheer size and topography of the mediation space between individuals.
As technological beings it is only natural that we modify the environment but it should go in the direction of lessening our various ills rather than turning a straight line into an inextricable puzzle that can only be solved with the help of a labyrinth's map that is constantly in the making.
I'm sure that type of image could be used to describe humanity at large as well but well, metaphors are made to be overexploited
The issue is the tools we create, mental and physical pretty soon become our environment and new sets of problems (in the neutral sense) emerge from these and then we troublefix it and adapt but the same thing happen again and again and again. A bit like windows, no matter how much u want to make it bug free the very nature of the system means that you are building everything upon a stack of cards.
In the case of human individuality and human society we often underestimate the role of pure mechanics and assume we just pick and choose everything. But it is more like a self evolved self growing and expanding stack of cards, where everything is in an equilibrium allowing the castle to be stable simply because only what worked at each step was retained and transmitted. But the system is too complex and we fool ourselves into believing OUR foreplanning and our attempts at troubleshotting have a major role in the unfolding of events when in the end it's more of a 'what works works' kind of deal, so we try to diverge the flow of the nil and only manage to lose water and crops in the process, killing peasants and putting the water flow on a sub optimal path for a few eons before it sets itself right by itself again.