Given the nature of current society - is there a positive approach to life?
One way came from an e-mail that I got from a pen-friend, Laeeth Isharc. He pointed-out that it is (almost always) a delusion to imagine that we can 'work within the system', to 'change it from within': in practice, this is simply a path to corruption and self-dishonesty.
But we could instead aim to work at the fringes and avoid large institutions.
This does not answer all problems, of course; but it does provide a (potentially) positive framework for organizing life.
And the decision to work at the fringes and avoid large institutions might - in and of itself - induce and reinforce a good and helpful attitude to planning life.