"That's right", agreed a colleague. "Actually it's a lot of tedious and stressful drudge work to accumulate and guard all that wealth. Yet we keep falling over and over for the feeling that we need just a little more and then we'll have enough, because that particular genetic self-delusion has been selected for because it just happened to result in a relatively high rate of reproduction. In effect, our genes have duped us all into working to reproduce them faster.
"But we won't be fooled by our genes anymore," chipped in a third. "We've decided to stop wasting all this time and energy duplicating efforts and competing to quench that unquenchable thirst for MORE, and instead nurture another genetic tendency --- for cooperation --- to provide everyone with the simple things we all actually need in order to be reasonably happy. You'd think smart people like us would have figured this out before today, but I guess it just goes to show.