In order for the consumer culture to thrive, there had to be distancing from nature. Nature gives so much freely. What ideology therefore could justify putting a price on so much... even water!
I happen to think there's a more sinister design to having people look at manual labors as "less than." I have relatives in Puerto Rico and a deep love of the island. I also realize that a good percentage of its economy comes from tourism and retail.
There was a time when there was much more farming, but so-called modernity has conditioned people to leave the land and therefore depend upon store-bought food. And as many who read C.D. recognize, much in the way of store bought food is controlled by a handful of powerful corporations. In fact, they refer to themselves as "industrial food!" of all oxymorons.
Losing manual skills--like how to weld, preserve food, grow vegetables, catch fish, repair clothing and shoes and so much else is part of a net loss to human beings in the way of basic independence. With so many lacking basic survival skills, most people are at the mercy of the Market-Masters.
And just as the Hedge Funds barons get first dibs on goods, services, salaries, and savings... these crony capitalists may well be using their Shock Doctrine philosophy to place much of humanity in such a corner (when it comes to basic survival items--like food which will become harder to come by as unnatural floods, heat waves, and droughts wipe out major crops) that they'll be able to ask any price. That's why so many are trying to maneuver their purchased politicians into passing laws that will privatize WATER!
India is a patriarchal society, and all patriarchal societies tend to view the Earth Mother/Mother Nature as something to be used, conquered, dominated, abused, or exploited. That's also the prevailing global attitude towards women and all things feminine.
Until THIS factor of the spiritual equation is understood and corrected, people may be able to find jobs that are more about leisure than drone-labor; but it won't change the fundamental calculus that has robbed the people of their incomes, in many areas, their home equity, their spirits, their freedom, and lately... their sense of hope. Currently, the very question of sentient beings' survival is also on the line: hence the urgent need to Balance The Equation!
A different relationship with Nature and the Feminine Side of The (Divine) Force is long overdue. I believe it's part of the reformation that has been prophesied in (and through) a variety of prisms ranging from Christianity's "End Times," to astrology's "Age phase transition," to meteorologists' understanding of major, radical climate change, to Hopi Indians seeing the rise of a 6th World, etc.