In the news, the popular crowd own the airwaves and people neglect the important news. There has been a war going on in Aleppo Syria since June 2016 with a rising death toll.
This September 2016, Libertarian candidate for the U.S. President Gary Johnson was asked on the tragedy in Aleppo on MSNBC – Morning Joe, his reply was, “what Is Aleppo?”
There are more people who know where Kim Kardashian was robbed than those who know where Aleppo is. Furthermore, in spite of the sad news and emotional turmoil of the robbery on Kim-K many of us will still want to be as rich and as popular as her for the sake of the attention.
This wanting to be as popular as Kim, Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg only breeds something in us we will rather have buried underneath, envy. Envy is one of the seven deadly sins and it drives us to smile at the tragedy of these people or any other we shine the light of envy on.
Envy creeps up when we least expect it, making us:
- frustrated at our present situation
- wanting to be like someone else
The reason the rich and popular dominate the news is that they are not the norm, there are more than 7 billion people on this planet and according to a Pew Research Center of income between 2001 and 2011 more than 71% of the world live on less than $10 per day. This is an improvement from the World Bank research done in 2008 which puts the number at 80%.
Meaning the rich and famous are a tiny percentage of the world’s population, putting that in perspective the possibility of it being you tomorrow is not impossible, but it is close to zero and negligible.
If you put that in view of your present life, envying the rich and famous is like envying the birds. Humans have stopped mopping on their inability to fly and instead devised ways of flight, e.g. with planes. With that same frame of mind when we see the rich and famous we should not be envious of them to scorn, but see them as people who are making the best of their lives doing the things they love, envy should push us to devise ways of doing the same.
We should use envy to drive us to be like these people who are happy doing what they love. We too should start doing the things we love, not because we want to be rich and famous like Kim Kardashian or Elon Musk, but because we want to be happy and live a fulfilled life.