Ego may have something to do with it and people from all walks of life tend to try to one up someone who they deem is competition. You get healthy competition, unhealthy competition and then you get this kind of competition. It is neither healthy nor worth the effort some people put in, but it can also be a great source of comedy! I have never understood the concept of ‘a pissing competition’ but I think it has a lot to do with jealousy, envy and sometimes blind hatred. If you feel you have to prove your worth to others through the accumulation of material goods then I think you should start looking in to a less expensive hobby. Some people will always out-do you no matter what because some people just have more money than others. My friend said something the other day that just sums it up perfectly, ‘I will never be you and you will never be me.’ You would think that would catch on and sink in pretty easily, but um… it doesn’t!
When your living standards become more important than your relationship with other people you know you have entered the ring and jumped on the ‘Joneses’ wagon. You want some advice? Try to not bankrupt yourself in the process of ‘proving’ yourself to everyone. Some people just have more money so why bother competing with them? Everyone is jealous and envious of someone, but breaking the bank to make a point is silly and not an intelligent move. Why can some people just not accept that someone else has more than them? It is also true that sometimes some people make themselves feel inferior when they are surrounded by wealthier people and then try and keep up with the Joneses. Be happy with what you have.
“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931”
True, it is annoying when people go out of their way accumulate things to rub in other people’s faces. We get it; you have more. Does it really feel like an accomplishment when you go and buy something bigger and better just so you can have the bigger better version to make you feel… more important? To make up for smaller things? You have no life other than to compete on a materialistic level with the people around you? Your need to prove your social status? Please pick one and elaborate so the rest of us can understand how your ego works. Are you the Joneses or are you desperately trying to keep up with the Joneses?