Being that we humans are both individual and social beings, it was natural for us to develop both personal and social lenses through which we see the events and experiences of life. And although we tout our independence as individuals; we’re more like raindrops that were formed from the same cloud and were destine to be absorbed by the same earth. The truth is, every aspect of our lives is interdependent on the lives of others; the love and happiness that we are experiencing and even our livelihood are tied to the social fabric of life — the lives of others. Individualities are rivers that flow into the ocean of humanity and even though each river had a journey on a different path, each of them was pulled together by the gravitational force of our common humanity. But the inequalities that have been plaguing society had created a rift in the fabric of our common humanity and forced us to be positioned on the ladder of social hierarchy. For the most part, we have come to accept the fact that we are living in a hierarchical structure society; and that there will be some people who are in better social positions and enjoy higher levels of comfortability in life than us. But the more the gap widens between us and those who are already in better social and economical positions than us, the more dissatisfied we will become with our own circumstances in life — even if our circumstances are not the worst. Studies have shown that people who lived in societies with fewer inequalities tend to be happier than those who lived in societies with wider gaps in inequalities. As social beings, it’s natural for us to compare our circumstances in life with that of others and it’s also natural for us to want to share in the good things and experiences that life has to offer. The truth is, we humans are envious beings that do not like to be left behind or left out of the good social experiences of life. This is evident with all the antiquated things, such as wagons, pagers, and black and televisions, that we’ve jettisoned in exchange for modern cars, iPhones, and flat screen-color televisions. And when we find ourselves behind on the goods and services that society has to offer, we tend to become discontent with our share in society; which compel us to become chasers of more, and also to become competitors in the Olympics of greed.
Inequalities have saturated every aspect of society and they have infected our social consciousness with the highly contagious disease of greed … the disease of wanting more. However, society doesn’t see its obsession with wanting more like an infectious disease but rather some kind of magical formula that is able to alleviate its dissatisfaction with life. But ironically, our chronic dissatisfaction with our lives is the symptom of this very greed; our obsession with always wanting more is like drinking poison in order to cure poison. Most of the unhappiness or dissatisfaction in society today are actually manufactured by our own greed and our natural inclination to compare our circumstances in life with that of others. We’re constantly comparing our relationships, our careers, and physical appearances with that of others. But what we need to realize is that almost everyone who we’re comparing ourselves to is also suffering from the same disease of wanting more and the same dissatisfaction in his or her own life — to some degree or another. Even the rich have come to realize that having more is no magical cure for their dissatisfaction in life. But because they love to be envied by us, and are also addicted to wanting more, they masked the reality of their own dissatisfaction from us. And while most of us are too busy competing in the Olympics of greed, by chasing after more; there are many of our fellow humans that are actually in need of more: for more food to eat, more clean water to drink, and more medicines so that they and their children can stay alive. They’re stuck in the realm of needs and do not have the energy nor resources to compete with us in the Olympics of greed. The lens of comparison tends to tell lies to our vision, making it seems as if the grass is greener on the other side. But if we should take a closer look at this picturesque grass on the other side, we would discover that it is riddle with deflects, just as the grass on our side.