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Comment author: toonalfrink 04 June 2017 07:49:34PM 1 point [-]

Is this a natural tendency or a flaw of the system? Are humans really status-maximizers, or just satisficers that are perpetually unsatisfied because it is really hard nowadays to have status?

We live as disconnected individuals in a loosely connected tribe of millions of people. To be a respected, noteworthy person in this tribe, you have to be a celebrity. Everyone else feels unworthy. They don't have a reputation, They don't feel known or seen. Everyone is just looking up.

(but maybe I'm just typicalminding here. Let me know)

I have been status-satisfied once or twice in my life. Once was in high school after 6 years of aggressively climbing the cool hierarchy, the other time was in a particularly cohesive student union when I could still be the smart guy. Those were wholesome, happy and productive times with a lot of growth and meaning. I just plain didn't have any problems. Can you believe that?

The rest of my life was kind of chasing this state of affairs. Hence all this identity seeking. Can't be fixing the world when you're in pain, right?

We really have to fix inequality. If only locally.

Comment author: Lumifer 04 June 2017 10:34:23PM 1 point [-]

(but maybe I'm just typicalminding here. Let me know)

Yes, you are.

That is, you're certainly not alone in this attitude, but it is by no means universal.