Excess and convenience.
So many people have way more than is necessary in most cases. Bigger cars than they need. Bigger houses than they need. Bigger waistlines…
There is a Starbucks on every corner. Supersized drinks. Over portioned meals. A dozen kinds of delivery.
All-in-one stores like Wal-mart, Target, and K-mart where you can get your tires changes, groceries, nails done, gift shopping, and eat lunch without leaving the store.
Most areas have gas stations within sight of each other. Where there is a Walgreens there's a CVS, a Home Depot there's a Lowes, a Mcdonalds, theres a Subway.
Unbelievable amounts of choice and it's all available all the time – there's no such thing as seasonal foods.
2-day shipping is almost the normal.
So many don't realize how grossly convenient life is that not being able to do or get something immediately is considered an inconvenience.
Success is expected to be provided.
Very few live within their means. To be debt free is to be in the minority. Not to have internet or a cell phone is an even smaller group.
Nothing is realllly that difficult. We have a seemingly endless supply of fresh water, gas, food, education, clothes, internet, 2 day shipping, free samples, free upgrades, free refills, etc. Everything is at our fingertips.
We have the power to choose and sometimes get paralyzed with choice.
We can effectively do, say, or have anything we want (more or less).
Nothing is stopping you from becoming a millionaire.
and for some, it will never be enough.
Our lives are so simple that we are probably dumber for it.
Waste isn't a priority. We throw out more food than some countries eat. To think where something goes after a trash can is unusual.
Our poorest probably don't realize how rich they really are.
We take for granted how clean our air is, stable our government is, amazing our healthcare, and powerful our currency is.
*It's hard to cast a single net to include everyone, but these are my thoughts. I'm also bias to living on the east coast, growing up middle class, and taking part in many of the mentioned.