as in "Too much of us caught inna rat race ah" (... caught in the...) - Song lyrics excerpt
English speakers use the term rat race
for an endless, self-defeating or pointless pursuit. The term conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel. In an analogy to the modern city, many rats in a single maze expend a lot of effort running around, but ultimately achieve nothing (meaningful) either collectively or individually.