Oh, it just shows that we use our local reference point to determine our position in life. We are happiest when we have more than others. The real issue comes in what defines "local reference". An ultra-rich person may find themselves stressing about things that seem ridiculous to the less wealthy, while a (nationally) poor person can have the largest home in a small town and be very happy. It can even be only the people in a room, or identification with an entire nation. And it happens with everything from 'the jones' to salaries to class division.