Modern America, however, is a hugely unequal society in which anyone
can achieve awesome success, but not many people do. The result is
that many - perhaps even most - people feel that they have failed to
make the cut, no matter how comfortable their lives. (In a land where
anyone can become president, anyone who doesn't become president is a
failure.) My European friends always marvel at how hard Americans
work, even those who already have plenty of money. Why don't we take
more time to enjoy what we have? The answer, of course, is that we
work so hard because we are determined to get ahead - an effort that
(for Americans as a society) is doomed to failure, because competition
for status is a zero-sum game. We can't all "get ahead." No matter
how fast we all run, someone must be behind.
- Paul Krugman in "The Accidental Theorist"
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