You get trapped in the system because you need to eat and not live exposed to the elements, not because any one person told you to do otherwise, but because you either have the capital (ideas that investors will back, inherited wealth, or have worked the system to get your own startup funds) or you deal with the system. And there isn’t just one system. Everyone has a system they would love to live in, sometimes they get lucky and find someone else has crafted a system that works and they are allowed to join that system. Sometimes you have to create your own system with your own capital.
When you don’t have the capital to roll your own system, you have to conform to someone else’s system to survive.