Envy. That is the heart of this poll. It's really quite simple.
You are offered $10,000 with no strings attached but if you take it your neighbors get $50,000 each.
Would you take the money or would you say no?
Envy is one of the deadly sins. It makes us put in extra hours, makes us want that really cool ride, and even gets the closest of girlfriends to turn on each other. We've all had a moment where we were envious of someone who had it much better. It maybe your boss or an executive. You work just as hard and have put in even more hours, why shouldn't you be the one to have it better. From someone who is able to put their kids in private school, to being able to shop for endless hours, to speakers, to cars, and even to fancy houses we are all envious of something or other.
Would you rather live in the worst house in the best neighborhood or rather live in the best house in just an average neighborhood?
Envy can be as simple as your children watching another child have an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. If you don't know what I'm talking about trust me most parents can tell you what envy is about. We grow up trying to outdo each other. From sports, to grades, to cars, and yes even to dates. Then we all get jobs and that is when competition can get fierce. We all know that perfect person, with just the perfect spouse, and we loathe them and hate them when they come around.
Living in the U.S. we are envied too. We have it better than most of the world. Our houses are large, we have T.V.s, cell phones, computers, food, refrigerators, toilets, showers, tubs, electricity, and running water. We are hated by half the world because of the life we have. It's not fair, we had no choice in the matter, but to them it isn't fair either. They struggle each day for just a bit of food, their entertainment is the village radio, and should they wake up tomorrow they are blessed. I would hate us too if I had to live like that.
Is the grass greener on the other side? Does it always seem better, nicer, and more refreshing when you are able to go for a visit? Does your neighbors car have everything that yours doesn't? What is it about the things that you can't have that drive you mad?