accordingly to wikipedia, rat race is a term used for an endless, self-defeating or pointless pursuit. it is just like a rat trying to escape whilst running around a maze or in a wheel.
in an analogy to the modern city, many rats in a single maze run around making a lot of noise bumping into each other, but ultimately achieve nothing (meaningful) either collectively or individually.
it is a term often used to describe work or excessive work in particular. if one works, one is in the rat race. this terminology contains implications that many people see work as a seemingly endless pursuit with little reward or purpose.
the increased image of work as a rat race in modern world has led many to question their own attitudes towards work and seek a more harmonious work-life balance. many believe that long work hours, unpaid overtime, stressful jobs, time spent commuting, less time for traditional family life, has led to a generally unhappier workforce to enjoy the benefits of increased economic prosperity and a higher standard of living.
are you stuck in the rat race? if you work minimum 8 hours a day and trade your time for paycheck in order to pay bills, there is a high possibility that you are caught in the treadmill.
escape from the rat wheel? why? don’t get me wrong that rat race is something very bad that you must escape from it. it is your choice whether you are happy to stay on the treadmill or not. the only challenge that I see in rat race is that even if you win the race, you are still a rat.
p/s: gong xi fa cai