There’s a similar thing going on with the war concerning income inequality. There’s a minority of people accumulating the majority of the wealth in the world and there are people opposing this state of affairs, saying that wealth should be evenly distributed across the entirety of society. Doesn’t this seem like a rehashing of the materialist-vs-minimalist debate? Those who are for the conditions that allow income inequality to develop and those who are against them are both united by their obsession on a single thing; wealth.
Ultimately, the competition is between the resource-rich minority and the resourceful-by-necessity majority. But how to break the deadlock, or eradicate the debate altogether? Here’s an idea. Robert Greene’s thirty-sixth law of power is “Disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge.”
“By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem.”