I've written regularly about Saturn, and his ability to deny our inner reality, so that only that which is observable and measurable has value. Often during a major transition, people can't carry on as they did before, so they can't measure and value themselves as they did previously. So you have to look deeper during those times to find value and meaning. This is Saturn as crucible for inner transformation.
I like Botton's point (see video below) that
in a meritocracy, you only get to the top if you deserve it. The
inevitable implication is that those at the bottom are also there
because they deserve it. Saturn again.
My way out of this mess
is to take people as they come, get a sense of who they are and what
they're like and don't be dazzled by their income or lack of it or what
they have or haven't done. Saturn softened by Neptune, maybe.