Sure, in the short term the easy way is very tempting because it's quicker and pays off right away. But, usually the easy way causes problems down the line that requires extra work or in some ways comes back to bite us.
When we say we should always, "Do the right thing" everyone usually agrees . . . until it comes time to choose between the easy and hard way (usually the right thing to do is the hard way).
Now that I am older I see how the easy-way choices I made years ago seemed right at the time—or I knew that I would come to regret them later in life, but didn't care. Now, I am paying the price for a few "shortcuts" I took along the way.