Our suffering in developed countries is primarily psychological, relational, and addictive: the suffering of people who are comfortable on the outside but oppressed and empty within. It is a crisis of meaninglessness, which leads us to try to find meaning in possessions, perks, prestige, and power, which are always outside of the self. It doesn’t finally work. So we turn to ingesting food, drink, or drugs, and we become addictive consumers to fill the empty hole within us.
— Richard Rohr
Makes sense to me. The consumer society appeals to our deepest yearnings by claiming to be able to fulfil our desire for meaning and worth. But its promise is empty: the more we try to find fulfilment in material possessions and experiences, the more empty we are left feeling.