Millennia ago, humans lived in tribes that worshiped different gods, and fought with each other (mostly over limited resources, but often disguised as other ‘concerns’). Whenever you were conquered, you’d just worship the god of the conquering tribe, because obviously their god was more powerful.
There came a point, though, where one of the tribes was conquered, and instead of doing the usual and assuming their god was weaker, they had the idea that maybe their god was still more powerful, but he abandoned them because they weren’t good enough. This is apparently how monotheism emerged from early pantheistic tribal humanity.
The reason I bring this up is that I believe that same tendency that led to monotheism early on has a lot to do with a number of the problems we have today. People seem unwilling to admit or even recognize that there are serious problems with the systems and authorities in place, and instead view themselves as “not good enough” or “problematic”, and any problem that arises must therefore be the fault of the individual for not believing in the right way, or not trying hard enough, or being inadequate or behaving inadequately in one way or another.
So, among other nasty things, what we end up with are a lot of people who think “I’m just not worthy of being a millionaire yet, but it’s up to me to just try harder,” overseen and manipulated by a minority of people in control who exploit that tendency and mindset by fostering a narrative that glorifies toil and turns employment into a kind of martyr complex competition.
We’ll never get anywhere as long as so many people keep thinking that they’re just not good enough, and capitalism is the One True God that will save them if they purify themselves enough through toil.