The culture has tricked us into believing that in order to move up in status you must have something that is scarce or more than someone else.
A private jet or yacht or elevator is scarce…a signal in status.
More money or a bigger house…a symbol of status.
Title, degree, badge…all symbols of status.
Except, these are all fake. A trap. Once you get one, there is alway something else to acquire. More relics to collect. More zeros on your paycheck.
The key to happiness is not in accumulating these symbols of status.
The key to happiness is to improve one’s experiences.