With these examples, we have demonstrated that “making it” only has meaning if thousand or millions or other fail at the selected endeavor. If everyone was crowned Miss America, then there is equality, but then there is no ONE Miss America. Our society reward system is set up so the majority of people must live in misery and feelings of failure.
The same analogy applies everywhere. Consider politics. There can be only ONE president. So in Congress, no one is satisfied. Everyone, in their relative success, seeks the number one spot…president, which only one can attain. So all the politicians live in suffering. Always discontent and endeavoring to clever enough to outsmart the next politician… Consider the plight of the average high school student. All of them wish to go to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. But why is this? It is because society has elevated these schools based on competition and comparison. The more selective the school is, the more the young naïve people wish to go there. It becomes an endless silly game. If you are in a high school, everyone wants to seek to go to the most prestigious college. But not everyone can go because there are relatively few spots in proportion to the applicants. That makes it so that almost all the applicants will be miserable once they get that thin envelope in the mail that points to rejection. A small minority will get to embrace their growing egos as they get into the top colleges, only to face more competition when they seek after graduate schools, and then schools where they plan to get their PhD, and then their post-doc programs. And then the race still does not end.
The outward purpose of each individual then becomes unstable, seeking things that smell of competition, success, efficiency. It is always a dead end. Therefore, society has made it so that the majority of individuals must suffer in order that the few can achieve what it is that wanted. And then the “few” will have to compete again and again and again, until they drop over dead or retire.