Culture is more and more dictated by greed. That's the basic problem.
I can't find the Youtube video, but Craig Ferguson delivered a great cold open monologue to his show about Why Everything Sucks, it was spot on. Our culture adopted, basically based on marketing strategies, the deification of youth. In previous times, we praised beauty, which is a big difference. Youth comes with inexperience and a lot of other disadvantages.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin calls it "materialism," I.e. the belief in the material over the spiritual.