Those are enough questions for an essay. Not to generalize, but we are talking about the majority here. If people simply turned off the tv, computers, and iphones, their qualities of life would drastically increase with their families whom they would be forced to spend time with. The American culture in the United States is simply a dim, bland, and backwater version of British culture, which is essentially self-interested and hypocritical at its core. Americans do care about others, but they are too obsessed with money, hard work, and status to do anything about it. That's typical in a consumer-based economy. Americans have put money so high on their list of priorities that they think it rises above all other things. In other words, one person who works hard at more than one lousy job may have a great deal of money from their hard work, but that person doesn't realize how low he actually is on the ladder of this "meritocracy", where class is measured by education, species of labor, and work-life balance. It is not measured by money alone. It's more of a ratio between income and work-life balance that determines where one stands in real quality of life. Then, one has to omit the screens from their life as well. Is there a future in this? There could be one if people persist in working like slaves to generate high household incomes. It's certainly more efficient for people to live in large families under a single household, but our culture has never done that going back to the 1600s.