I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing.
-- Mikhail Baryshnikov
I have given much thought on the idea of comparison lately. We compare a lot of things in our lives all the time, and not only the different options (which makes sense to make an informed decision). We were educated to live in comparison with others, from the grade and ranking system at school to advertisments on TV, from how we are taught to behave to what we are told to purchase.
It sounds like we compare ourselves to other people, past situations or alternate outcomes a lot. And I think the comparison game makes us unhappy, for several reasons. Here are my theories...
Comparison makes us see the half empty glass
Comparison makes false promises
"Better" doesn't make any sense
Should we stop comparing?
In conclusion, next time I'm drawn to compare my current situation with someone else's or the past, I think I'll focus on what I'm grateful for instead. Because, no matter how much better another person's life seems to be, mine will always be better to me as it is the only one I actually get to live.
Sorry for the long musing by the way. I tend to be quite lenghty when I talk about questions I'm asking myself. What do you think about comparison? Is there any way to make it constructive?
PS: the castle on the picture is the home I'll never compare mine with.