This scene from Waking Life describes how modern work conditions can delay the progress of conscious beings.
The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything.
Did you ever have a job that you hated and worked real hard at? A long, hard day of work.
Finally you get to go home, get in bed, close your eyes and immediately you wake up and realize… that the whole day at work had been a dream.
It’s bad enough that you sell your waking life for minimum wage, but now they get your dreams for free.