First, let’s get the really bad news out of the way. You’re probably extremely underpaid for what you do. In fact, you probably get paid around one-sixth of the salary that a worker got in 1970 for the same job. There has been a huge real decline in income, masked by fiat currency inflation, meaning many of us are worse off than ever.
This goes a long way to explaining why life has got harder and most households now require both parents to go out to work to keep the family going. A less common occurrence back in 1970.
To look at this another way, to return to 1970, our salaries need to increase by six times. Yes, six times. Imagine that, a world that rewards work and self-sufficiency over clever monetary tricks. Sadly, such a world is not here yet.