People can be so apathetic. They continue to ignore the real people trapped in poverty and homelessness. It's almost maddening.
People feel powerless and useless in the world. But they can buy something. It can give them a sense of value, of power.
People go to movies or listen to music because they want to be inspired.
When I was in high school I moved from the big city to a tiny village of 500 people in Vermont. It was like The Waltons!