Myth of Sisyphus

In the Greek myth Sisyphus is condemned to the fate of endlessly pushing a huge rock up a hill, only to have it roll back down the hill as he nears the top.
That is pretty much the fate to which the existing system condemns the bulk of humanity.
The cage that holds us trapped is faulty paradigms or maps of the way the world is. Those faulty maps start getting installed by the system of ‘socialization’ starting with your parents, and ratchets into overdrive through exposure to TV, the media and the school system.
If any alternative culture is to survive, it must break free of the existing faulty paradigms and systems of indoctrination to those paradigms.