We're somewhere in the midst of a civilization in feminine mode. Compare for example the recently past age of pioneering, guns, steel and industry. That differs substantially from the present time of nest fluffing featuring social issues, girls as heroes and leaders but in all cases at least equal, and shopping most prominently.
It's like a great toggle switch back and forth between ascent and decline, or Apollo and Dionysius. The centuries of mass settlement, wars and industry were necessary for planet shopping mall to manifest itself.
If this state of carefree, unsustainable waste persists however, we'll necessarily cycle right back into an iron fisted age of reasserted order, rationing and want, and martial dominion. But exhaustion from the masculine state carries right back into the need for peace and ease.
Civilization itself somehow initiated this dichotomous oscillation between states and it was only back in pre-civilization that a lasting synthesis of the two modes took place.