Also, the emphasis on various superficial things and materialism indicates a void that needs to be filled by more essential things. Like a sense of place, of tradition, of the future, of any kind of belonging to a greater whole.
That's the weird thing, though -- people out West are not materialistic. They aren't obsessed with money, dying with the most toys, or competing over who has the greatest things.
For them, life is just a brief journey, and they're going to have as much fun along the way as they can. What happens after that, hey man, we'll like, figure it out later, or something.
This focus on how they live their lives is just another way of saying that they're lifestyle-oriented rather than job/wealth/material-oriented.
There's a great confusion that people who leave behind material concerns are going to be more spiritual -- as though they're ascending from the material mundane realm up into the ethereal heavens.
But in reality, focusing on your lifestyle and persona construction couldn't be more navel-gazing -- the opposite of stepping out of yourself, experiencing the Sublime, merging into something greater and larger than yourself, and so on.
Sure, parts of your lifestyle may involve socializing and connecting with others, all else equal serving to sustain a community. But it doesn't do anything to sustain a family, and that is the most basic unit that has to be firmly in place before any larger units can be nested around it.
It's no secret that family bonds are depressingly weak out West -- even for those who've lived there their whole lives, but especially for those who transplanted themselves out there precisely to avoid having to be tied to their family back wherever they came from.
Job/wealth/material stuff -- focusing on that can sustain a family. It's called bringing home the bacon, putting a roof over the wife and kids' heads, and keeping the lights on and the water running.
Of course if there's a striving as opposed to accommodating mindset, then the career-orientation leads the working parents to neglect their children more than if they were only working enough to take care of the household. It would be better if they worked less, and spent more time with family.
At the same time, even with career striving parents, the family unit is still sustained -- bacon, roof, lights, water, all there.
Just compare Donald Trump's kids with those of a leading lifestyle striver from California -- one of those Real Housewives types. Their kids are a total mess, and there's zero family bonds -- maybe outright hostility.
With the family unit taken care of, then more layers of group-iness can be added around it. Neighborhoods, churches, towns.
Man was more spiritual back when he was kept busy for much of the day with earning a living, whether tending his field or herding his livestock. Jesus was a carpenter, and Paul was a tent-maker -- neither was an ascetic like Diogenes who, aside from a few epic trolls, left no legacy or influence on world history whatsoever.
Focusing mostly on lifestyle and leisure makes man less spiritually satisfied, probably because being unproductive in any tangible sense makes you feel adrift in every way possible.
When de Tocqueville visited America, he didn't say "OMG, look at how much yoga and quinoa smoothies these spiritual seekers have taken in before the morning's over!" That would have been referring to the gay decadent leisure-based aristocracy that was quickly crumbling away back in Europe.
Indeed, the scorn of working and the sole focus on lifestyle and leisure out West makes them more of a wannabe-aristocrat class, a poor man's leisure class, slackers gone wild, etc. They're just as numb to the appeals about "look what's happened to the working class in America" as the old aristocrats would have been -- not due to class privilege, since they're not all that rich out West, but due to being in a totally different mindset, where working and therefore workers are felt to be beneath them -- not vulgar scum (the aristocrat view) but uncool-ly focused on money and jobs.
What made American democracy great is still located back East. We're going to resurrect the American economy and government, even if the decadents out West are too busy getting / giving blowjobs to notice, let alone pitch in. They just need to stay out of our way if they aren't going to get on board.