The admonition to not judge another unless you have walked in their shoes is very, very, applicable here. No one among the affluent citizens of America would trade places with someone coming to the border from a third world country in turmoil, or others who would like to flee but are unable. So what we would say to anyone thinking about this issue is that in an imperfect world, having wealth and abundance may be satisfying and bring security and happiness along with it, this will only be true when one is segregated in their thinking from the broader reality facing so many in poverty, in a state of suffering that is relentless. Until the world wakes up and people began to truly work together and make some sacrifices, it will not change. The discord will go on, the suffering will go on, and the consequences for everyone will go on as before.
The wealthy are not sheltered like they think. They are living in an ivory tower of self-satisfaction and ego that truly does not serve them. They are simply out of touch with the spiritual imperative of the need for love, not only among those impoverished and suffering, but the need among the wealthy, affluent residents of the developed nations who have much they could share, but do not feel the need or obligation. All such behavior is certainly a product of society and not a personal decision to be greedy in any way, and is quite understandable in this context. Many rightfully feel pride in their achievements and this is well deserved, but at the same time they are limiting their love to themselves and to their close inner circle and not spreading it more broadly. That would be a much greater achievement but largely is unrecognized as a worthy goal in the current world. This is most unfortunate because it is the one thing that has enough power to shift the world to a new paradigm.
It is very much the case that all live within a prison. The walls are self-constructed, but you are still penned in without realizing this. That needs to change and eventually, it will. The transformation will not be simple. It cannot be done unilaterally, but there needs to be a change, first in thinking, and then advocacy, to create a movement to persuade a greater percentage of people to modify existing institutions and create new ones, to bridge the gap among people and societies, to raise every one up. This is possible and would be divine in the undertaking. It is the future. Whether you get there will depend on whether you reach for it or continue to ignore this potential and all that it represents, including the short-term sacrifices and obligations. Nothing worth having is gained without a price. There is always an investment needed of some kind in energy. The question is whether you are up to the challenge.