We take our wisdom for the day from the prolific Ernest Hemingway. I was first exposed to this quote when spoken by character Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service and it resonated with me. If we took this to heart as a society think how much more incredible life could be.
Constantly pursuing status and obsessively comparing ourselves to others compels us to ruminate in misery created by feelings of inferiority and jealousy. We can focus instead on doing our best to apply yesterdays lessons to tomorrow’s situations, choosing good in our actions and letting those qualities define us.
On the flip side, rather than acting haughty and supercilious, those of us with status can choose to be humble, obtaining happiness from generosity and equality rather than the feeling we are better than others.