I have had several conversations lately with people who are ready to give up. I think our economy is reaching a point where it's not really worth it to people anymore. They've had a measure of success, but the anxiety of trying to hold on to it is so grim that the alternatives are starting to look better. Even the rewards of an affluent life are not enough. Been there, done that, the thinking goes. It's an empty abundance. They want something more but haven't a clue what that would be.
So they hang on, waiting for the pink slip to come. They have no plans to go get another job as quickly as possible if they get a pink slip. They've reached the end. It's time to give up and try something else. And in a way, they feel hopeful that something better is out there.
It's kind of strange. I wonder what the future holds.