It’s expensive to be in the “player” class of society if you’re not born into the money. You get what you pay for so long as you don’t look too deep or expect too much.
Being a total bleeding-heart, I actually think of that stuff. How many young women and young men, starting as teenagers, get caught up in the highs and lows of disappointment, depression and despair by trying to “level-up” only to discover “the rules” only apply to a very few and that most of the others are playing “fake-it-til you make it” as much as they are, meanwhile not looking for real answers that anyone else could see but them.
Then I have to remind myself, “Maybe it’s all they know and who am I to judge?” I do anyway of course.
You saw it more directly than I did and I had and have made use of the story it makes up for you on your behalf. It’s burned into our social and economic systems and it’s a path to progress.
At least the rules are simple and easily taught and learned. So it’s not all bad. Keeps things flowing in its own way.