Part of our challenge is that we have become over-vested in the economy. We have designed our lives on the assumption of plentiful money, working in whatever profession we choose. What we've given up is resilience and managing against the risks of not having the ability to provide the basics of life -- food, clothing, shelter -- forgetting that we cannot eat money. When we can't provide these basics, we necessarily are under undue stress and react on a primal basis.
Rather than pursue earning as much money as possible, perhaps it is time to return to the basics. We can learn how to grow our own food, and make our own clothes and shelter. These are skills that characterize true community resilience, security, and sustainability, rather than high income.