I was mostly being playful, but on a serious note; my wife does life coaching and this was one of the first things she discussed when we were dating. I can honestly say, my first instinct isn't to one up people anymore. I got together with a couple of college buddies recently, and we have little in common now that I don't belong to that lifestyle.
I can absolutely identify with this. I'm not wealthy my any stretch of the word, but my wife actually and I reminisced about how:
6 years ago - I was homeless (I didn't know her at the time)
4 years ago - we were broke, living with her family trying to save for our wedding
3 years ago - we were broke, living in a 400 sq. ft. apartment trying to make presents
1 year ago - our new house's basement flood.
This year - We are flying to where her family is for Christmas, we have a ton of presents under the tree for everyone, and I'm about to pay off the flooding from last year
We actually really miss how simple life was.. (Unlike many, we actually enjoyed those times at the time they occurred. We were conscience of the fact it was temporary)
I was sarcastically saying it's not as bad to be prideful, out of pride
A question I often ask people who believe this: Who has done more good, Phil Knight (Bill Gates) or Mother Theresa?
One gave it all - which wasn't much
The other is giving more - Spent life earning and now gives
Walter O'Brien said:
"Being charitable while still being a charity makes a negligible difference"