"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If every one else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest." -- C.S. Lewis
I read this quote the other day and wow it's been hangin around in my head. How perverse and seductive the pleasure of comparing oneself to others. Of course we only want to do that in areas we excell, while leaving the other areas where we struggle quite unobserved.