Entitlement and the idea that someone has “more than you” makes people miserable. It also forms the basis for the Democrat party, specifically Democratic socialism. I want, therefore I deserve. Mike Rowe weighed in on this very human condition with a story from his past:
Why is contentment relative? Why does my good fortune suddenly feel less good, when I see someone with more than me? I don’t know, but it is perhaps my most annoying trait and one I aspire to overcome. Which is why it’s in the Pledge. Give it a look, and tell me if you can relate…
“I understand the world’s not fair, and I’m okay with that. I do not resent the success of others.”
Life is not fair, life is not equal. Someone will always have more than us. Someone will always be better than us at something we wish we were better at. So what? We’re not that person, that person isn’t us. I’m better at something than someone else. I also have more of something than something else. Yet many of us seem to focus on what we don’t have more than what we do. Dennis Prager calls this phenomenon the “missing tile syndrome.” We don’t see all the tiles on the wall that we do have, we focus on the tile that we don’t. Again, it’s very human do engage in this kind of behavior. But who suffers the most? We do. Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have turned this attitude into a platform.
We’d all do well, myself included, to stop comparing ourselves to others and to mind our own business. I’ll never be someone else, and someone else will never be me. What each of us achieves and what each of us deserves will always vary. Let’s try to stop bitching about it, and either do something to make ourselves better or to STFU.