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Living in an “ER” Society

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When I say “ER” I don’t mean Emergency Room, although we’re hearing all too much about those right now. I’m talking about our culture of comparisons.

We are wealthiER, poorER, fattER, thinnER; bettER or smartER than our neighbors, colleagues, friends and families. We check our progress and our level of success by how we stack up beside others in our sphere.

Typically we compare ourselves to those who are closest to us. The global pandemic has not changed our urge to compare, but it has demonstrated something that should be a key to the way a society determines its overall values: those who are “wealthiER” have become more dependent on those with much less wealth or status.

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