There are identities in economics that have been only partially recognized. Due to this these have become half-truths and insofar as they contain some seed of truth and much falsehood are far more dangerous than out and out falsehoods that may be clearly seen for what they are.
One fundamental equation in economics is the following:
Now reverse that. How I earn equals how I spend. Can it be that this meaningless mass spending of billions of dollars over this weekend called Thanksgiving in the United States reflects the fact that the people spending that money recklessly on shoddy goods made overseas using underpaid labor (often children) working in unsafe unhygienic conditions are themselves working and earning at meaningless occupations that have little to do with their values and those of the earth?