In these trying times it may be helpful to ask: what will the benefit of this particular cost be? Who will it benefit? Who will lose out? Will it lead to long-term benefits – if so, for whom?
Improvement can rarely come at no cost and has to be paid for in some way.
Are you someone who thinks only of the benefit to oneself and one’s family or the wider community?
We had austerity imposed on us. Who benefitted, who didn’t? Did it work? Where did the saved money go?