To climb the corporate ladder
This is a flawed assumption.
Not everyone (including me) is interested in reaching the highest levels of an organization. Especially if it means selling out and becoming a corporate drone. We should be OK with, even commend, those who are content in their position and doing good work, regardless of level.
It’s totally fine to follow the “this is how it is” mindset and play along if you believe in it. But I don’t, so I won’t. “Accepting the reality” will absolutely not make my life better. That much I’m sure of.