It doesn't take long to find out how it all works. Any man who tries to play it straight has to refuse himself everything. He loses his taste for any pleasure and puts, in its place, a constant state of worry; whether someone other than himself has a greater need (all the while neighbors are honing special skills at feigning a greater disposition of neediness).
God help us. We saw that we'd been given the Moral Law to live by which, ironically, punishes those who observe it. The more we try to live up to it the greater the suffering becomes. The more we cheat it, the more rewards we reap. Honesty is a tool left at the mercy of the next man's dishonesty. One by one the Moral Law turns decent men into bastards.