Materialism in the west is an easy measure of success to understand. More = better.
But what is harder to measure in a materialistic paradigm, is the value that we offer on a deeper human level.
The ability to listen, care and connect with one another.
Perhaps this wouldn’t be an issue if material wealth correlated with happiness to infinity.
But Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Kahneman shows, our happiness only correlates with wealth up to a certain point. (Around $70,000/year).
Excess wealth brings with it a proportionate amounts of pain to its luxuries.
More money, more problems.