We spend a lifetime looking at what others have, instead of looking at what we have. We will also spend a lifetime looking over our shoulder, choosing to keep up with the Jones.
We spend a lifetime comparing and making comparisons, which begin to act as our benchmark for social class, feeling inferior and inviting jealousy in, through our need to want to acquire material goods. When we cannot compete, we become disillusioned and that encourages us to want and do more.
But perhaps there’s a scenario that says we shouldn’t have to compete or keep up with others. We should be our only comparisons. Unfortunately, when we try to keep up, we will always continue to strive to spend beyond our means, to keep up socially and financially with others, either in our social circle or our neighbourhood.
Of course, the problem won’t always stop there. We will spend money we don’t have, to buy the things we don’t need or want, just to keep up and will then become even more disillusioned and unhappy.