People lived a subsistence lifestyle for thousands of years, progressively moving to urban cities and now super-sized cities (think; Shanghai, Istanbul, Karachi, Mumbai, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Beijing etc).
Those moving to the cities sought a higher standard of living for themselves and their families. What no one could foresee was how demand for highly-skilled jobs would outpace the urbaners’ ability to sufficiently upskill. That ‘upskill gap’ has probably always been there. But arguably, it’s now accelerating.
The immigrant forefathers, sometimes made massive sacrifices; risking life and limb to cross foreign borders, enduring bandits & storms, sometimes battling immigrant prejudice when they did arrive in the cities. They held high hopes for their future generations, thinking, if I can just make it to the big city, they will be ok.
Now it seems too few people remember, or care about those exodus sacrifices. Family communication in the fast-paced big cities is now sporadic and sometimes stressful. The wider family may meet up infrequently and live quite different life values, even within the same city. Meanwhile, future generations born into the urban sprawl, don’t realise the consequences of the widening upskill gap. Or just how vital obtaining advanced skillsets are to earn the money to live in today’s super-cities.
Rationally, those that don’t obtain advanced skillsets should plan to return to subsistence living in the countryside to enjoy a more simple, less stressful, less materialistic lifestyle.
Of course, at present, lots of ‘minimum wage service jobs exist in the cities. However, many are likely to be robo-sourced in time, as workers find it cost-prohibitive to live in the cities (in ever-diminishing supplies of social housing) and as the cost of robo-sourcing reduces over time (with service-availability hours increasing to 24/7, without scheduling availability problems, or overtime wage rates).
In the UK, local councils now re-locate social housing tenants out of the city while big city house prices force many more to live outside the city. They do this out of financial necessity. However, one important thing missing in this transfer is the UK politicians explaining the wider reality to people. And instead patronising them as if they are children who can’t handle the truth.