Contemporary culture monetizes everything. We put a price on things, on situations, and even sentient beings. We calculate the return on investment of our time, resources, and efforts, and act in order to secure some elusive profit.
In refusing to recognize the intrinsic worth of people, non-human animals, and our relationships, we inhabit a hostile world, characterized by savage competition, profit margins, and advantage —and the price we pay is isolation and loneliness.
Another way is possible. When we opt for solidarity, kindness, compassion, and reciprocity, we realize that, in the final analysis, happiness is shared, or it shatters.