An interesting aspect to look into, although a hypothesis, but might be related to our human notions too! Growing and prospering sometimes are not the only indicators to survive, I guess! It might be questionable to red-mark some of our current concepts and progress based on the theory (applied on mice), but some similar sparks are happening in our life too. We can take lessons and build for a sustainable future or can remain ignorant and progress towards, unknowingly towards our collective demise. Who knows!
Thanks for sharing your words. Best regards.