All that is required of anyone in life is to pay one's bills - to pay for the cost of being alive in the form of food and shelter. Everything beyond that is bonus.
Those pursuing the so-called "American Dream" forget that. Everything becomes about how much can be made by investing in things. I don't want to invest in things. I buy things that I'm personally going to use until it falls apart. I don't need a house when I already have a roof over my head. Rent is not a waste of money. Being alive isn't free.