Depends on your definition of the situation.
Does it not show stronger character and perseverance if they go over the cliff to tackle the problem head on? Yes there will be pain, but through that pain we will persevere.
The other approach that you recommend can be viewed as cowardly as well. What's more cowardly than continually avoiding the pain that true change would bring.
Before claiming the moral high ground, remember, it's all about perspective.
This post was edited on 12/8 at 1:18 pm