Merry Xmas and the Scrooge of Relative Deprivation

And so this is Xmas. Another year over:-

My New Year resolution is to help people who appear imprisoned by “Relative Deprivation”. This seems to strike at folk who form their impressions and comparisons in the world by what is local and around them rather than lifting their heads and looking ahead and thinking globally.

I look back at when I was a kid and we all say that we were poor but happy…and then joke that we never knew any better!! Who would know that sociologists have been trying to figure this out for 70 years!

I never realised that it was true. Until I read about the Paradox of the Happy Peasant and Miserable Millionaires:-

http://www.voxeu.org/article/happy-peasants-and-miserable-millionaires

And then realised that somehow “society” is fuelling our sense of “grievance and envy” as we look around and see other people with easier / better/ jobs, grander/better houses, etc etc etc

But that way leads to bitterness and madness….as I found out at the end of my studying with the finding that the happiest places have the highest rates of suicide? What’s that about:-

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/Happiestplacessuiciderates.pdf

So the Xmas message is not to worry about the bigger present or better phone or nicer clothes or perfect night out….Just do nice things for nice people.

I’ll be in the kitchen!!

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