We need a reworking of the American dream.
The old model of: make enough money so that you can live comfortably and relax, is long past its useful life. It’s no longer difficult to do this, and it’s leading to an epidemic of people trying to make money in any sleazy or easy way without actually contributing meaningfully to society.
This is a fundamental issue inherent in our capitalist consumerism culture. According to the values of our society, if you have enough money to buy the latest toys, you are successful. The shift needs to happen on the deepest level: what people value needs to change.
But how do we do this?