Do you consider it a cancer when your appetite grows as you grow older?
This is a curious comparison given that once you reach adulthood, your appetite remains essentially the same. Maybe the same thing is true of economies...
And you want people working for you who can bounce back from failure, find a way to succeed, and show they can operate a level or two above the workaday drudgery they'll often perform. That's why you need to do advanced math for a CS degree.
Huh, I always thought the purpose of including advanced math in CS coursework is to impart a high level of abstract problem-solving, and on a more practical level some experience with solving problems that occasionally fall under the purview of engineering—software and otherwise.
The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.