Great points. Especially on the idea that "Work you love" could act as a spending replacement. The idea of growing your own food is a perfect example. Not something that had crossed my mind. I'll digest that idea for a while and probably include it in future writing in this subject.
While, I agree the idea of comparing yourself to others does drive some of the discussions on inequality I'd push back a bit on the idea that it's 99% of the issue.
I am workong on an article now about the plane bad luck of Millennials being born when they were. There was a time from the 60s-90s where the average wage of workers kept pace with things like real estate, the stock market and college tuition. Since then, wages have not kept pace with these things so I can certainly empathize with a lot of people in my age range who are struggling financially In mamy ways, they drew a bad hand.