This article is terrific because it tells you what your options are when you reach the same conclusions I did twenty years ago when I moved from the U.S. to Australia.
Except I have drawn the exact opposite conclusions that this guy did. I do not advise you to accept his descent into impulse gratification and childish idleness as the best cure for what is ailing you. I advise the opposite.
You can allow yourself to be swamped by depression. For some people this is their only option. If you are not threatened by depression, it is because you are not bright enough to understand what is actually happening around you.
Or you can fight it by creating a fantastic series of new priorities very different from the ones society gives you and which will sustain your innate male desire for goals you can apply yourself to achieve and work hard at.
Most of you probably think my Vault-OS is the craziest thing you have ever heard of. Except it gives somebody with my intelligence something to apply themselves to which pays off in spades in feedback. When I got my first Lua server page to return CANBUS readings from SQLite the other day (in DOS-32 protected mode) I got a reward of serotonin which was so deep it was better than melted chocolate.
Neither my job as a contractor or any of my personal relationships outside of my own family and immediate friends ever seem to give returns worthy of what I have to put into them. People nowadays are by and large, just no damn good. There's nothing there to be found in their culture, company or ideas that deserves your interest. They are dead ends as human beings. They are robots interested in spectator sports and getting drunk.
In my day job, it's precisely when I do my best work I receive the most negative feedback in general. Nowadays, no good deed in software development goes unpunished. I have seen one excellent programmer and developer after another crushed in the workplace for the sin of being too competent at what they do. After a while, I have become so cynical I expect no reward for doing good work on anything outside of a paycheck at the end of the week. This is the crappy way the world is right now. It's utterly upside down. You can't look for motivation there.
You can't look to organized Christianity for solace. The majority of modern Christians worship Yoshi in place of God. It's the most horrible apostasy that could be conceived of. The only gefilte-fisher they aren't terrified of is Jesus Christ, in fact. You're wasting your time around modern Christians. They have gone "bye-bye" mentally, to paraphrase Bill Murray in Ghostbusters. They're absolutely out of it.
The one place I have found solace and hope is in private prayer to God (doesn't matter if he doesn't talk back, I find it nice just to know he is listening) and in pursuit of my strange synthesis of 1950's Civil Defense, the Fallout games and every science fiction book I have ever read. These things all contribute to creating a world for me with purpose, focus and goals I can direct my energies to and see results coming back from. It could be honestly said that I am too damn good for my current society and that would be a spot-on observation. It's not just me, either. There are millions and millions of males in the West who are quite simply too damn good for this civilization. It doesn't merit the likes of them. Their kingdom lies elsewhere and it isn't here.
The option is to give into the depression that is sweeping the planet amongst the male population, increasingly aware they are the losers in an ideological struggle that has waged war against the sane since I was born. Some people are only just now becoming aware of what I have known for decades - they are a beaten people who have lost everything. You can deny it and become truly pathetic ... or you can accept it, divorce yourself from the society that brought this about and qualify yourself as a member of a new order of human beings who do not allow themselves to be involuntarily lumped into this team of losers simply because they had the misfortune to be born on the same soil.
I can only tell you what has worked for me. Don't just become a survivalist. Become a civil defense officer. Before you laugh, I've got paperwork on that. Don't aim for living in the woods eating berries. This is part of the problem, defining it this way. That's already accepting defeat. Aim for something much higher. If they've got you in the woods eating berries, you have not just lost, been defeated and utterly dispossessed. They got your unconditional surrender. Planning to live in the woods eating berries is equivalent to planning to die. Aim for something much higher. It will keep you out of the doldrums. It has seemed to work for me.